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Byline: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rescinded "critical-habitat" listings for three protected species, including the Mexican spotted owl, in response to two federal lawsuits.
The action took effect March 25, according to a Fish and Wildlife document obtained Monday. Besides the owl, the habitat delisting applies to two fish species, the spikedace and the loach minnow, the agency said.
But agency spokesman Tom Bauer said the delisting would have no impact on the protection of the species. Likewise, it won't affect U.S. Forest Service actions in Arizona and New Mexico, said Art Morrison, regional spokesman for the …