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Zoo butterflies released into wild

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The Oregon Zoo has released the last of the 850 of their endangered butterflies along the coast.

Oregon Silverspot Butterflies have been let go throughout the summer at Bray Point or Rock Creek to help stabilize declining populations of the threatened species.

The silverspots were transported to the coast as cocoons to grassy headlands and salt-spray meadows where they can complete their transformation and join the wild.

The silverspot was once a common sight along the Oregon coast but was reduced to four Oregon populations by the 1990s.

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