List of Florida's at-risk animals may change

Florida's wildlife managers are contemplating a fresh approach to the difficult business of deciding whether the West Indian manatee and dozens of other critters are endangered or threatened:

Let somebody else do it -- namely, the federal government.

In a move aimed at quelling a decade of impassioned debate over the status of the manatee and, by extension, the state's entire controversial system for ranking imperiled species, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission may stop declaring things endangered altogether.

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