Mexico finds illegal avocado plantation in Monarch reserve

Mexican environmental inspectors say they’ve received 7.4 acres( 3 hectares) of illegal avocado plantations in the Monarch butterfly wintering grounds west of Mexico City.

It’s apparently the first time that a wave of avocado planting has directly affected the core of the Monarch area, a protected nature reserve.

Monarch butterflies migrate from the U.S. and Canada to pine and fir woodlands that flourish at about the same altitude as prime avocado-growing land.

Previously deforestation linked to lucrative avocado planting had been seen in areas to the west and south of the reserve.

But on Wednesday, the environmental protection office said one human had been arrested for weapons possession at the site.

Without pine trees to provide thermal covering and roosting sites, the butterflies can freeze to death.

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