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Insect Ecologist Leery Over Adding Monarchs To Endangered Species List

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A University of Kansas expert on the Monarch butterflies says he is leery of the butterfly being added to the Endangered Species list.

Chip Taylor is an insect ecologist.

He says he's concerned about public reaction if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tells property owners they need to conserve certain vegetation to provide critical butterly habitat.

Taylor is founder of the Monarch Watch, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the monarch, its habitat, and its fall migration to Mexico.

Taylor prefers a grassroots plan with large-scale public participation to help the butterfly.

The Wildlife Service said it would review the butterfly's status after receiving a petition in August from several groups seeking the designation.