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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


Jul 25, 2014 Sharon Hughes
Jul 25, 2014 Janet Ameen-Lee Please take these steps to protect this large gentle creature. They cannot continue to survive when confronted with speed boats in Florida waters. Thank you!!! Janet Ameen-Lee, RN, MSN
Jul 25, 2014 ALAN tyler
Jul 25, 2014 Mil Ruiz
Jul 25, 2014 lyn tyler A DISGRACE
Jul 25, 2014 Darla Litton Please provide sanctuaries for our manatees.
Jul 25, 2014 Sigrid Zerlett
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Christine MOHR GET thee out of MY space.....
Jul 25, 2014 Colleen Adomaitis Decker
Jul 25, 2014 steffanie Curatolo
Jul 25, 2014 Audrey Bujold
Jul 25, 2014 Lauren Van Gundy
Jul 25, 2014 Petra Reichenberg
Jul 25, 2014 Ashley Guchhait
Jul 25, 2014 Ana Cecilia Oro
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Jul 25, 2014 Theodore Worozbyt
Jul 25, 2014 Mª Rosa Pérez
Jul 25, 2014 jodi desharnais
Jul 25, 2014 Thomas Mazzacavallo
Jul 25, 2014 Eva Ridge
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Denise Varca Please, Director Dan Ashe, create a no-touch policy for our endangered manatees. People who truly care about them should be willing to just look at these gentle creatures, knowing that our touch may hurt them.
Jul 25, 2014 Josie Silva
Jul 25, 2014 pierre chantelauze
Jul 25, 2014 Guido Dalla Casa Manatees are wonderful sentient beings!
Jul 25, 2014 Sandy Dalcais
Jul 25, 2014 Lori Cooper-Ott
Jul 25, 2014 Linda Hanlon We need action, not words before it's too late to save these ancient beauties.
Jul 25, 2014 jessica trepanier
Jul 25, 2014 María Luisa de Luna Guerrero
Jul 25, 2014 misty toth
Jul 25, 2014 sarah sowambur
Jul 25, 2014 Tammy Metz
Jul 25, 2014 Deborah Larson
Jul 25, 2014 Sheila Dwyer
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Auristela Vsrgas
Jul 25, 2014 Karen Terry
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Jul 25, 2014 N. Potter
Jul 25, 2014 Ashleigh Cerenzo
Jul 25, 2014 christina little
Jul 25, 2014 Cynthia Harris
Jul 25, 2014 Dawn Florio
Jul 25, 2014 marilyn keeler
Jul 25, 2014 Lucille Claassens
Jul 25, 2014 Lisanne Petracca

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