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Pressure for Federal Protection of Monarch Butterfly Grows As Public Comment Period Closes


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Pressure for Federal Protection of Monarch Butterfly Grows As Public Comment Period Closes

WASHINGTON - More than half a million people called on the government to protect the monarch butterfly today, as the public comment period on protecting monarchs under the Endangered Species Act closed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now has nine months to determine whether to propose protections for the iconic orange and black butterfly which has declined by 90 percent in the last 20 years. The agency’s review of the monarch was spurred by a legal petition filed in August by the Center for Food Safety, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Xerces Society and renowned monarch scientist Dr.

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