Thursday, November 11, 2010

Great News from Mexico - Monarch Butterfly Version

From a note on the DPLEX Monarch mailing list:
Ocampo, Michoacán .- Large numbers of monarchs are arriving at the Rosario sanctuary this season, and now are at least two hundred trees full of insects.
The chairman of the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Rosario Tellez Sergio Guzman, said a change of Michoacán, the number of insects that are arriving is greater than previous years, said at the moment already has at least a couple hundred trees full of insects.
Of course it IS Mexico and a later note continues:
As to his statement regarding the "safety" of the Reserve. I hope everyone will keep in mind the massacre/shootout...
June 15th, “sicarios” (assassins) blocked the main highway out of Zitacuaro (one of the larger communities near the entrance to the Reserve) and gunned down twenty-eight federal law enforcement agents: thirteen died and fifteen were injured. There were also fatalities among the ranks of the murderers, but no precise count could be made, since the perpetrators fled, taking their dead. A young girl who happened to be crossing the street was run down by one of the speeding cars.
Michoacan has become one of the major turf war locations between the Colima Cartel and three other gangs: Juarez, Gulf, and Milenium. Both Zetas (enforcer gangs) and their trained protégées, La Familia de Michoacan, operate in the State.
"American citizens should bear in mind that on July 16 of this year the State Department of the Federal Government posted a warning to citizens stating
"Recent violent attacks and persistent security concerns have prompted the U.S. Embassy to urge U.S. citizens to defer unnecessary travel to Michoacan and Tamaulipas, to parts of Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Durango, and Coahuila, and to advise U.S. citizens residing or traveling in those areas to exercise extreme caution."
I imagine few butterflies get gunned down.


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