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Manatees may move from endangered to threatened on gov't list

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Manatees may move from endangered to threatened list of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Source: WFLA/CNN) Manatees may move from endangered to threatened list of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Source: WFLA/CNN)

 (WFLA/CNN) –The manatees’ nearly five decade run as an endangered species could soon be over.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting a status review to determine whether the sea cow be moved from endangered to threatened.

So, what’s the difference?

An endangered species is one that is in danger of extinction, now, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service. Threatened species are ones that likely will be on the verge of extinction in the future.

The review follows a petition and lawsuit from a legal group representing Florida residents and business owners. Manatees have been on the federal endangered species list since it was first published in 1967.

Officials says a status change will not mean a change in federal protections for the animal.

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