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Published November 24, 2013, 09:42 AM

ND wants more time to comment on butterflies

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials want a 30-day extension to comment on a proposal to list two Upper Midwest butterfly species as threatened and endangered.

By: Associated Press, WDAY

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials want a 30-day extension to comment on a proposal to list two Upper Midwest butterfly species as threatened and endangered.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Rep. Kevin Cramer sent a joint letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requesting the extension.

The agency has proposed listing the Dakota skipper as threatened and the powershiek skipperling as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

Both species are native to prairie and upland grasslands and their declines have been blamed on the loss of habitat.

A 60-day public comment period is scheduled to close Dec. 23. The officials requested an extension to Jan. 23 to allow additional comments.

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