Agency to study population status of monarch butterfly

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServĀ­ice announced last week that it is undertaking a 12-month review of the population status of the monarch butterfly. The action is potentially a step toward possibly putting the butterfly on the list of threatened species, which is one step away from endangered status, under the Endangered Species Act.

The move follows a petition by environmental activist groups to place the monarch butterfly on the list of endangered species. They...

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