USFWS Says Monarch Butterfly Deserves ESA Listing But ‘Precluded’ By Work On Higher Priorities; Western Population Shows Precipitous Decline

After an assessment of the monarch butterfly’s status, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has found that adding the monarch butterfly to the list of threatened and endangered species is warranted but precluded by work on higher-priority listing actions. With this decision, the monarch becomes a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act, and its status will be reviewed each year until it is no longer a candidate.

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