Mexico Targets Loggers to Protect Butterflies

Monarch butterflies migrate south to Mexico each year in search of forest habitat. This year, they're getting some protection from Mexican authorities, who arrested 50 people and confiscated 6,000 tons of wood at an illegal logging site.

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The monarch butterfly has amber wings edged in black with white spots. It's perhaps the most beloved butterfly in North America. And every year millions of monarchs in California and the Rockies migrate to Mexico. It was there in an effort to protect the butterflies that officials arrested 50 people and confiscated 6,000 tons of wood. It was Mexico's biggest bust on an illegal logging site arresting lumberjacks to save the monarchs.

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