This spring, we reported on a troubling trend breaking out in some protected waterways in Florida: manatee abuse.

Everybody loves the not-so-little sea critters — and that’s the problem. In waterways around the state, various “swim with manatee” tours are potentially interfering with the manatee’s habitat.

The problem was evident in a March 2014 incident in which a park official confronted a group of photographers and models snapping pictures with manatees in the Three Sisters Spring. Now the government has responded to the problem. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has announced a new proposal for the Three Sisters Springs Unit of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

Source: Shutting Swim-With-Manatee Programs: Enough to End Manatee Harassment? | New Times Broward-Palm Beach
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