The American Pika Is Disappearing Due to Climate Change

American pika
Will Thompson, USGS

Hotter summers due to climate change are threatening the habitats of the cute little American pika, which is a relative of the rabbit.

Pikas live in rocky slopes known as taluses across mountain ranges in the West.

A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey finds that entire populations of pikas are disappearing as their habitats become hotter and drier in summer and harsher in the winter. The study was published in the Journal of Mammalogy. — Read it at Live Science


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