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Species Status Assessment: Monarch Butterfly


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received a petition to list the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on August 26, 2014. On December 31, 2014, we made an initial (90-day) finding that the petition contains enough information for us to determine that a status review was appropriate. We are currently gathering information to determine whether the monarch needs protection under the ESA. During this time, conservation efforts are also underway to help provide food and habitat for monarchs across the landscape. The ESA process will occur concurrently with the conservation effort already underway.

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