Ag Groups File Suit on Rare Bats and Other Endangered Species

December 2, 2015 03:17 PM

A lawsuit filed by the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association and the Texas Farm Bureau is asking for five species to be reassigned under the Endangered Species Act.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, court papers were filed in Albuquerque’s U.S. District Court late-November to have the Kuenzler hedgehog cactus, the Tobusch fishhook cactus, the gypsum wild-buckwheat, the  lesser long-nosed bat, and the black-capped vireo  reclassified.

Removing those plants and animals federal endangered species list would aid landowners, farmers and ranchers who have strict habitat management requirements.

For instance, saguaro cactus and agaves need to be available for the bats to forage. Caves and mines must be left undisturbed for the bats to roost.

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