Monarch Butterflies May Make Endangered Species List

December 30, 2014 4:52 PM

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After months of debate, monarch butterflies are one step closer to gaining protections and may make the endangered species list, after populations declined a whopping 90 percent in the past 20 years, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said Monday.

"We are extremely pleased that the federal agency in charge of protecting our nation's wildlife has recognized the dire situation of the monarch," Sarina Jepsen, the Xerces Society's endangered species director, said in a news release. "Protection as a threatened species will enable extensive monarc...

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