United States federal government officials are reportedly taking into consideration the protection of the well-known monarch butterfly. The insect would soon be placed under the safety of the Endangered Species Act that would keep the butterfly from being commercialized.
In order to protect and to preserve various species’ habitats and population, more than 40 years ago, in 1973, the Endangered Species Act was created. As of today, thanks to this bill, almost 1,400 fauna and flora species have been brought to safety and been kept away from becoming extinct.
Scientists are very pleased with the U.S. implementing in the case of monarch butterflies, what is known to be most authoritative piece of law available right now for preservation of endangered species. U.S. officials have sought the aid of The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in order to efficiently evaluate the butterflies’ condition and draw conclusions that would result into solutions. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been managing a review of the insects’ current status.
Scientists have been raising the alarm for some time now, as the number of North American monarch butterflies is at its lowest it’s ever been ever since researchers have started tracking them. Researchers believe that casting them under the protection of the Endangered Species Act is possibly the only thing that could save the population. It has been speculated that in the last 20 years the number of monarchs existent in North America has dropped almost by 90 percent.
The species’ deadliest enemies are both human and natural. Although the human factor had an important role in the disappearing of a great part of the population, as humans have been known to trade and profit money wise from the butterfly, scientists believe that the environmental element is most decisive.
With the beginning of the fall, butterflies migrate to the western part of Mexico and California, a trip of more than 3,000 miles long. All of this work is necessary because butterflies cannot survive in the cold weather of North America. But this exhausting journey that a butterfly can only make twice in its lifetime is also a deadly one. What awaits for the monarch butterfly at the journey’s end is also extreme weather and deforestation.
Food brings another hardship, as milkweed, the primal food source for the monarch butterfly, has been decreasing in quantity. This comes as an effect the farmers have on the species’ life, as they tend to control the weed growth.
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