- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Agricultural groups in New Mexico and Texas want two cacti and a rare bat thrown off the federal endangered species list.

A lawsuit recently filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque seeks to have five species reclassified under the Endangered Species Act.

Among those the groups want reclassified are the lesser long-nosed bat, which lives in New Mexico’s Bootheel and southern Arizona, and the black-capped vireo, a bird that roams Texas and Oklahoma.

The groups also want the Kuenzler hedgehog cactus, the Tobusch fishhook cactus and the gypsum wild-buckwheat reclassified.

According to court documents, the groups say the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services failed to act on previous requests to relist the species.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman Lesli Gray says officials are evaluating the lawsuit.


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