Pikas spend the summer gathering grasses and wildflowers to store for winter food. When summer temperatures are too high, the pikas can’t forage. (Photo by Chris Ray) Animals Environment 

Climate Change Threatens California Pikas

By Kate Stone The American pika is a small animal with a big personality that has long delighted hikers and backpackers. Sadly, pikas are disappearing from low-elevation sites in California mountains, and the cause appears to be climate change, according to a new study from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Researchers surveyed 67 locations where pikas have been known to live and found that the animals have disappeared from ten of them. That’s a 15 percent decrease. Pika populations are predicted to go locally extinct in areas with…

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