Government pledges millions to save the monarch butterfly

February 10, 2015 2:42 AM

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The monarch butterfly population has dwindled from an estimated 1 billion in the 1990s to just 35 million in 2014, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and two conservation groups are coming together to stop the decline.

The decrease is likely due to a loss of milkweed, the monarch caterpillar's only food source, and conversion of the butterfly's native short and tallgrass prairie habitat to crop production, CBS News reports. "We can save the monarch butterfly in North American but only if we act quickly and togethe...

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