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Zoo releases last summer batch of threatened butterflies

General August 8, 2016

In this photo provided by The Oregon Zoo, a newly emerged Oregon silverspot butterfly alights in a meadow atop Mount Hebo, Ore., Aug. 3, 2016. Conservationists released the last of the summer's Oregon Zoo-reared silverspots in an attempt to boost the declining population of this imperiled Northwest beauty. (Kathy Street,/The Oregon Zoo via AP)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Zoo has released the last batch of its zoo-raised Oregon silverspot butterflies into the wild as it winds up a summer program aimed at boosting the numbers of the once-common yellow-and-black butterfly in coastal habitats.

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