Monday, June 26, 2006
3 Manatees Found Dead In St. Johns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wildlife investigators are investigating the deaths of three manatees found floating in the St. Johns River Thursday.
Investigators said the mammals have deep wounds that might have been caused by speeding boats.
Channel 4's Melanie Lawson reported that a fourth manatee was found seriously injured and was being taken to Lyons Club Park.
Environmentalist remain concerned about manatees, especially because the animals were recently removed from Florida's endangered-species list and put on the threaten-species list.
However, boaters are still expected to abide by rules posted in the manatee zone.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, an average of 336 manatees died each year in Florida over the last five years. An average of 43, which is 22 percent, of those are the result of watercraft impact.
There were 14 manatees deaths recorded in Duval County last year, four by watercraft.
The FFWCC said the state manatee population is currently at about 3,000.
How fucking convenient, that as soon as Florida removes manatees from the endangered species list, boaters don't give a shit if they kill manatees by speeding... GOOD FUCKING JOB JEB YOU ASSHOLE