On wings of endangered butterflies, critics attack Florida planned Walmart

August 19, 2014 11:16 PM

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MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida real estate developer is putting on hold plans to build a Walmart store and hundreds of apartments after federal officials last week moved to protect two species of endangered butterflies on the proposed site, a rare tract of forest brimming with wildlife.

"The last thing these butterflies need is another strip mall smack in the middle of some of their most important habitat,” said Jaclyn Lopez, a Florida attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, a national conservation group.

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