*Scientists have been working for several years, trying to figure out why the population of Monarch butterflies is diminishing. This isn’t to say that unlawful logging is the reason, but it doesn’t help. VL

associated_press_logo_1By Associateds Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Studies found that illegal loggers clear-cut at least 24 acres (10 hectares) in the monarch butterflies’ wintering grounds in central Mexico this year, a Mexican environmentalist said Friday.

Writer and activist Homero Aridjis said the illegal logging went on unchecked between April and August and occurred in one of the most important areas of the reserve.

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