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Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund

Facing a barrage of threats, America's beloved gentle giants are being overcrowded when they try to seek refuge in natural springs in Kings Bay in Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

Throngs of boaters, snorkelers and kayakers mob the entrances to warm water springs where Florida manatees seek to escape cold winter waters. Too often, the manatees are grabbed, groped and harassed by inquisitive tourists. Sometimes, the manatees are unable to reach or are pushed out of the warm water springs they need to survive. There have even been instances when mothers were separated from their dependent calves by careless visitors.

Please urge FWS to step up protections of the vulnerable Florida manatee population!

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Dear Director Dan Ashe,

As someone who cares deeply about manatees, 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 record losses 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.

Thank you for your consideration.

Petition Signatures


Aug 1, 2014 Barbara & Vincent Smolinski Unless you act ASAP these gentle creatures will be lost for eternity. Once destroyed gone forever and another Heaven and Earth must be created before we see their kind again.
Aug 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2014 Miranda Rivers
Aug 1, 2014 Angie Howard
Aug 1, 2014 Madeleine b
Aug 1, 2014 kathleen whitesell
Aug 1, 2014 daniel badpoor
Aug 1, 2014 joanne cere
Aug 1, 2014 Janis Hilton
Aug 1, 2014 stacie gravelle
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Aug 1, 2014 Sarah Goecke
Aug 1, 2014 ROSSELLA PERRINI
Aug 1, 2014 sharon fischer
Aug 1, 2014 Harriet Kaufman
Aug 1, 2014 Tanina Linden
Aug 1, 2014 Digvijay Sharma THIS IS HORRIBLE AND NEEDS TO STOP NOW..!!!
Aug 1, 2014 debbie McIvor-Main
Aug 1, 2014 Rossemary Anderson
Aug 1, 2014 Édouard Roger
Aug 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2014 Amy Smereck
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Aug 1, 2014 (Name not displayed) manatees are beautiful harmless creatures pls save them !!!!!!
Aug 1, 2014 Catherine Johnson
Aug 1, 2014 Cathy Royer
Aug 1, 2014 Jasmin Younis
Aug 1, 2014 Marci McKenna
Aug 1, 2014 Emily STAINS
Aug 1, 2014 Veronica Cannon
Aug 1, 2014 Maureen Parente
Aug 1, 2014 paola sbreviglieri
Aug 1, 2014 Melissa O'Hara
Aug 1, 2014 Dawn Larrison
Aug 1, 2014 Ann Robarge
Aug 1, 2014 Jennifer Ritter
Aug 1, 2014 Janet Harley How can we not protect these gentle creatures. I thought the US Fish and Wildlife Service was about protection. Stand up and do the right thing!
Aug 1, 2014 Hilde B
Aug 1, 2014 Nik Aston
Aug 1, 2014 Michael Reuther
Aug 1, 2014 Kimberly Haas
Aug 1, 2014 Donna LaBarbera
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Aug 1, 2014 Noel Schornhorst
Aug 1, 2014 Kimberly Bofill
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Aug 1, 2014 Autumn Lock
Aug 1, 2014 MONINO MARIE
Aug 1, 2014 Cristina Eonomides

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