Climate Change to Blame for the Decline of American Pika Population

February 4, 2015 7:41 AM

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(Photo : REUTERS/EARTHJUSTICE) The U.S. government has agreed to study if the American pika, a tiny cold-loving relative of the rabbit, should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

A recent study discovers that rising temperatures seem to be driving some American pika populations extinct in low elevation sites in the Sierra Nevada.

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