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Dear Governor Bush,
Executive Office of the Governor
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
I'd like to draw your attention to the destiny of the manatees
There are only about 3,000 manatees left in the U.S., and nearly 1,700 have died from all causes in the last five years alone. In March 2006, IDA's Valerie
Sicignano toured Apollo Beach, Florida where wild manatees have gathered for decades to spend the winter in the warm water behind the local power plant.
"I observed dozens of manatees but did not see a single one whose back was not covered with multiple propeller scars. Time is running out for these gentle
giants, so we must do all we can now to save them before it is too late," said Sicignano.
By re-categorizing the manatee, the FWCC is playing a cynical "name game" based not on science and conservation but on politics and money. Downlisting the manatee is an attempt to convince the public that the species has recovered when in fact they need greater protection to ensure their survival. Under their new status, manatees would have to undergo or be at risk of undergoing an 80% decline in population before having their endangered status restored in Florida. Manatees mature and reproduce slowly, giving birth only once every two to five years, so replenishing their numbers could take decades once the population has been reduced.
The re-classification system negatively impacts many other species throughout the state as well, including the national emblem, the Bald Eagle, whose status went from "special concern" to being bumped off the list completely.
Therefore I urge you to oppose the downlisting of manatees.