They also want to remove the eagle from the protection list entirely, but officials with 17 different environmental and animal rights groups claim the state is using a flawed system and needs to hold off on any changes.
Gov. Jeb Bush says it’s actually a sign that manatees and eagles are on the comeback.
Gov. Jeb Bush said, “These should be grounds for celebration. Instead, it brings out opponents. I don’t know why people who spend their careers advocating policies that yield a positive result don’t then celebrate. It’s just kind of odd.”
Environmental groups say the changes proposed by the Wildlife Commission could threaten a variety of animals that are already at risk, including the manatee, the Florida panther, and the Florida black bear.