BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Florida wildlife officials have released new details about the manatee population in Florida.
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State wildlife leaders said they saw an uptick in calls for distressed or dead manatees around Christmas time.
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The big cold snap we saw around that time is being blamed for the issues on the manatee population.
Officials said nearly 800 manatees died in Florida in 2022.
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Data shows a record 1,101 manatees died in 2021, mostly due to starvation.
Workers have ramped up efforts to help the animals through the rest of the winter, including a temporary field response station in Brevard County.
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