Conservationists urge caution after manatee count | Environment | KeysNet
- And what's beneficial to humans is often detrimental to wildlife, including manatees. Rose said federal and state protection isn't the only factor in rebounding manatee numbers. The great recession of 2008 meant less development. The bad economy coupled with high gasoline prices during that era also meant fewer boaters on the water -- boats represent the biggest threat to manatee safety.
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