Good news for Florida’s beloved manatees: After receiving thousands of letters from Center activists and broad public support for manatees, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed new rules to increase manatee protections at Three Sisters Springs in Kings Bay.
These springs make up the only confined water body in the United States that’s open to the public while wintering manatees are present. As a vital warmwater refuge during cooler months, it supports up to 17 percent of the entire manatee population.
The Service’s proposal will end the ill-advised practice of allowing people to enter the refuge while manatees have congregated in its warm waters to survive cold temperatures, and will at last allow visiting mother-calf pairs to rest and nurse.
Act now to urge the Service to quickly follow through with its proposal — a welcome and much-needed improvement for these manatees.
If you can’t open the link, go to http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17354.