U.S. to consider endangered species status for monarch butterfly

January 5, 2015 6:17 AM

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WASHINGTON • The federal Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct a “status review” of the monarch butterfly to see if it deserves federal endangered species protection.

The regulatory step does not mean the agency will place the monarch on the endangered or protected list, but its decision ensures a comprehensive review of up to a year. The agency determined that environmental and food safety groups had presented “substantial information” supporting the review.

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