Another Endangered Species Act Success Story for 2016: Texas' Tobusch Fishhook Cactus Downlisted From Endangered to Threatened
AUSTIN, Texas - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to downlist the Tobusch fishhook cactus from endangered to threatened, reflecting protection and recovery of the tiny, spiny plant guided by the Endangered Species Act. Found in oak woodland savannahs of the Edwards Plateau in central Texas, the cactus faces ongoing threats from livestock grazing, urban sprawl, loss of periodic fires, insect parasites, small population size and climate change. Since it was protected under the Endangered Species Act in 1979, however, many more populations have been found and several have been protected.