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Environmentalists want protection for dragonfly


Chicago, Ill. – Environmentalists say they'll sue the federal government to protect an endangered species of dragonfly found in
Missouri, Illinois and other parts of the Midwest.

A coalition of environmental groups filed a legal notice of their intent to sue yesterday. The groups want the government to designate critical habitat for the Hine's emerald dragonfly.

Ecologist Daniel Patterson says the amount of urban sprawl in northern Illinois is a big concern. And he says the dragonfly's
habitat must be preserved to help the species survive.

The dragonfly is noted for its metallic green body and was added to the federal endangered species list in 1995.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service says the insect lives in fewer than 50 sites in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.


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