Congressman Vern Buchanan Introduces Bill to List Manatees as Endangered
So far 2021 has been another deadly year for Manatees in Florida. At the start of April this year, we had a staggering death total of 610.. As of the start of August we are now at a record-breaking number of 890 and it continues to climb.
Earlier this year, on the other side of the state.... at the Indian River Lagoon killed 20% of their total manatee population as 95% of seagrass died as well.
On the west coast of Florida... Back in 2013, red tide, killed 300 manatees in 2013. Numbers are just starting to come in now, as we suffer through another bout of Red tide.
Congressmen Vern Buchanan and Darren Soto have introduced a bill to once again make manatees endangered.
If you do come across an injured or deceased Manatee, you are asked to call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).
Read More about the bill introduced by Congressmen Vern Buchanan and Darren Soto here: https://buchanan.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/buchanan-soto-introduce-bill-upgrade-manatees-endangered