January 5, 2012 6:56 AM

Manatees have another tough year

Frigid weather was largely to blame for making 2011 the second-deadliest year on record for Florida’s endangered manatees. Of the 453 dead manatees recovered in state waters, state wildlife biologists determined that just over a quarter of them were killed by “cold stress.’’ It was the third year in a row that bad weather helped drive up the annual death total.

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