27 Aug '14, 6pm

Monarch butterfly populations have crashed 90% in just 20 years!

Monarch butterfly populations have crashed 90% in just 20 years!

The USFWS can now issue a 90-day finding on the petition to investigate whether it provides enough information to demonstrate that federal protection is warranted . If it is found to be warranted, there would then be a one-year status review to determine whether or not to add the monarchs to the list of threatened species. The listing would make it illegal to intentionally kill monarch butterflies or modify their habitat without a permit, and would assign and protect critical habitat areas to allow for population recovery. Sarina Jepsen, endangered species director at the Xerces Society notes, “We need to take immediate action to protect the monarch so that it doesn’t become another tragic example of a widespread species being erased because we falsely assumed it was too common to become extinct.”

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