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Climate change threatening pika, but U.S. won’t offer it protection

Wildlife NewsSeptember 20, 2016 1:59 pm
By Nicole Mortillaro
National Online Journalist  Global News

For the second time in six years, the U.S. has denied protection to the pika, a species that was recently listed as being threatened due to climate change.

Climate change is threatening the tiny pika, a creature related to rabbits and hares.
Will Thompson/USGS

The pika, though it looks quite mouse-like, is a lagomorph, in the same family of rabbits and hares. They’re found throughout North America and Asia. In the U.S., the cute little critters can be found in the mountain ranges of the West, living along rocky slopes known as talus. In Canada, two of the known 29 pika species can be found in the Rockies in Alberta and British Columbia.

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