FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Two rare Arizona cactuses have been added to the
federal list of endangered species.
The designation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service came ahead of the partial
shutdown of the federal government.
A settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity required the agency to
speed protection decisions for 757 species across the country.
The Acuna cactus is found on small knolls and gravel ridges in desert areas of
Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties. The plants are threatened by drought, climate
change, predation and invasive species.
The Fickeisen plains cactus is more rare and found in Coconino and Mohave
counties. The rounded, quarter-sized cactus retracts below ground in the winter