Monarch Butterflies to Get Federal Protection, USFWS Said

December 30, 2014 1:14 PM

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On Monday, as a response to a petition the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) said that federal protection may be warranted for monarch butterflies. The petition was filed by three environmental groups and a scientist late this summer. The petitioners urged the USFWS to include Monarch butterflies into the endangered species list since their population has fallen by nearly 90 percent since 1996 on the U.S.’ eastern coast.

In 1996, about one billion Monarchs took part in the annual migration to Mexico as compared to just 35 million last year. Experts said that the 90 percent drop in the butterfly population would translate in human population terms as the U.S. losing all of its citizens except for those in Ohio and Fl...

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