Return-path: <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Received: from FLO.ORG by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (PMDF V5.0-4 #8767) id <01HYLIRKWGE88ZPCGX@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU> for whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU; Sat, 09 Dec 1995 08:45:09 -0400 (EDT) Date: Sat, 09 Dec 1995 08:54:02 -0500 (EST) From: Michael Williamson <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Subject: Info: manatee in Texas To: whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU Message-id: <951209085402.144dc@FLO.ORG> Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT From: SMTP%"MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET" 9-DEC-1995 00:46:36.36 To: WHE_WILLIAM CC: Subj: Manatee in Houston eludes capt Date: Fri, 8 Dec 1995 21:31:30 -0800 Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Sender: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Comments: Warning -- original Sender: tag was rbaird@SOL.UVIC.CA From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Manatee in Houston eludes capt X-To: email@example.com To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Manatee in Houston eludes capture HOUSTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- An eight-foot-long manatee in Houston's Buffalo Bayou eluded wildlife experts' initial attempt Wednesday to net it for relocation, and officials said they will try again once the manatee reappears. The manatee, an endangered species, will be taken to Sea World of San Antonio for medical tests and eventually is expected to be released along the coast of Florida or Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, said Ron Jones, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist. The manatee, which is a rare sight in Texas waters, was seen Tuesday near a city wastewater plant, which is where he was first spotted last week. "I wish he would have gone home," Jones said. "This (manatee capture and relation) is not something done on a daily basis, so there is some risk involved." Capture efforts started Wednesday after manatee experts from Florida arrived in Houston. For a few minutes, authorities believed they had the manatee in the net but somehow the manatee eluded capture when the net was drawn up, and officials said the animal had disappeared from sight. Earlier in the day, workers put a feeding ring in the bayou along with lettuce, carrots and water plants. A stretch of Buffalo Bayou near the plant was closed to barge traffic to protect the sea cow and also the rescue workers, said Eric Harvey, Coast Guard spokesman. U.S. Fish and Wildlife rescuers are trying to capture the manatee in a 240-foot net, which was flown in from Florida. Once in the net, the animal will be transferred to a sling and lifted by a crane in the parking lot to a waiting furniture truck with a padded floor. The manatee will not be moved to San Antonio in water but will be sprayed with water along the way by about five people who will ride with it, officials said. It's about a three-hour drive between Houston and San Antonio. Once at Sea World, the manatee will undergo medical tests to make sure it is healthy for a return to the wild, said Glenn Young, Sea World general curator.