U.S. to add Bartram’s hairsteak and Florida leaf wing butterflies to endangered list

U.S. to add Bartram’s hairsteak and Florida leaf wing butterflies to endangered list

On Monday, federal wildlife managers announced that two rare butterflies, Bartram's hairsteak and Florida leaf wing, are being added to the endangered species list that will be made official on September 11.

The habitat of these butterflies involves most of that land in the Everglades National Park and national park territory. Another large territory circles is in the Zoo Miami that also includes the habitat where the county wants to build an Orlando-style amusement park. Besides this amusement park, Palm Beach County developer is in the early stages of erecting a Walmart-anchored shopping center and apartments in this area of butterfly habitat.

Officially listing these butterflies endangered won't stop development activities in their habitats, but it would certainly mean that this particular land will have to be carefully managed. For this part, fires will have to be set regularly to keep the forest thinned out and also serious mosquito-control procedures will be undertaken to protect the butterflies. Also, the developers need to obtain permits for construction in this area.

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Mark Salvato said, "Anything that's going to be done with these animals has to have our review. It would be pretty bad if someone knew this was going forward and rushed to mow down butterfly habitat".

Responding to all this and also to a letter from wildlife officials, the developer of Palm Beach County, Ram, stated that they will survey the butterflies and accordingly come up with a plan to avoid affecting the butterfly population adversely.

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