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Monarch Butterflies May Be Added To Endangered Species List

Statewide Iowa — (IABRN) —┬áThe U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has announced that they’ll determine whether by December, 2020, whether monarch butterflies should be proposed for listing on the Endangered Species List.

If the Fish & Wildlife Service decides monarchs should be proposed as endangered or threatened, they will publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register, invite public comment and engage in further analysis before deciding whether listing is appropriate. According to the Fish & Wildlife Service, they would have up to one year after publishing a proposed rule to make a final decision, thus it could be December 2021 before a final determination is made. Only at that point would the monarch’s status be decided.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a bureau of the Department of the Interior.

 

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