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Climate change not kind to kindly pikas

This photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows a mountain-dwelling American pika. (Associated Press)
This photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows a mountain-dwelling American pika. (Associated Press)

WILDLIFE — Researchers are documenting how climate change is dealing a skimpy hand to the chipper pika, the “rock rabbits” of the high mountain talus slopes, as reported in this Idaho Statesman story.

Remember, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied endangered species protections for the pika in 2010.




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