OCALA, Fla. - A libertarian legal group representing some north Florida business owners has sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to force manatees off the endangered species list.
The lawsuit asks a judge to compel the agency to rule on a petition the group Save Crystal River filed in 2012. The petition sought to reclassify the manatee as threatened, per a 2007 federal review of manatee population numbers.
Wildlife service spokesman Chuck Underwood says funding constraints delayed the agency's review of the petition. Underwood says a decision on the manatees' status is expected soon.
Copyright the Associated Press.