Monarch butterfly could get endangered species protection

By Michael Casey, CBS News

Famous for its marathon migration across North America, the monarch butterfly has seen its numbers drop almost 90 percent in the past two decades.

Now, the iconic insect with the orange and black wings may soon get a helping hand.

The federal government announced this week that it would consider listing monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act. That would provide protection for the butterfly’s habitat and prohibit killing or collecting them as well as the interstate or international trade of them except under a federal permit.