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The Monarch butterfly is shown immediately after emerging from its chrysalis on Wednesday afternoon. The Monarch was released at Patterson Lake on Wednesday.

Monarchs may be in trouble

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The monarch butterfly population needs a single thing to continue repopulating -- milkweed.

The only problem is that milkweed is being cut down, leaving the monarchs without a food supply for its offspring. Since it's considered a weed, people want to get rid of the plant and that could cause a problem.

"Milkweed isn't such a bad plant for the habitat world," said Chad Grondahl, outreach supervisor of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

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