November is Manatee Awareness Month and the state of the species is far better than it used to be, with Florida manatees now listed as threatened rather than endangered.
The change in status of the species, which was made in March due to increased population counts, is the result of effective protection measures. The manatee population in Florida is 6,600.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is on board with the reclassification of the species but points out it won’t change any protection measures the state has in place for manatees.
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