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Save the Endangered Florida Manatees!

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Last year, at least 830 endangered Florida manatees needlessly perished—largely victims of deadly boat strikes and toxic red-tide algal blooms. Now manatees are facing another disturbing threat: reckless, overzealous tourists.

Each winter, these gentle giants retire to Florida's warm natural springs, but instead of rest and quiet, they find their habitat overrun with tourists who grab and harass them, blocking their access to the warm waters they need to survive. In some cases, calves have even been separated from their mothers.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can help these vulnerable manatees by establishing new and bigger sanctuaries and by setting stronger guidelines for tourists. Let's send 50,000 messages to FWS Director Dan Ashe by Aug. 31 to ensure he gets the job done.

Sign the petition: Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect endangered manatees!

To: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe

I'm calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take swift action to protect the fragile Florida manatee population.

Last year, at least 830 Florida manatees perished from the effects of algal blooms, boat strikes, and other threats, leaving the population as vulnerable as ever. As warmer weather elevates threats from boats and toxins, we need to take every possible step to ensure these animals' survival.

That's why I'm requesting that you make Three Sisters Springs a true winter sanctuary for manatees; create additional Kings Bay winter sanctuaries at House and Jurassic springs so manatees can rest undisturbed; and implement and enforce a no-touch policy for this endangered marine mammal, as exists elsewhere in manatee habitat.

The recent record loss of Florida manatees underscores the urgent need for action that prevents further harassment and harm. Please take these important steps to ensure that Florida manatees receive all of the protection they desperately need.

Sincerely,

[Your name here] 

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