Salisbury Daily Times (Salisbury, MD)
June 7, 2022
Although they will have to wait till 2024, monarch butterflies are slated for a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on receiving endangered or threatened species protection.
On account of pesticide spraying, habitat loss and climate change, monarch butterfly populations have decreased 85%.
The population is below the threshold at which government scientists estimate the butterfly migrations could collapse. The Center for Biological Diversity, along with the Center for Food Safety, petitioned for protection of the butterflies Aug. 26, 2014.
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