Decreasing range of California pikas related to climate change: Study

February 3, 2015 2:51 PM

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Decreasing range of California pikas related to climate change: Study

The American pika, a rabbit-like fur ball found in the mountains of western North America, is disappearing in California. According to a recent study, rising temperatures seem to be causing extinction of some pika populations in low elevation sites in the Sierra Nevada.

Researchers used historical data to find that now pikas are not found in 15% of their California range, places that are on average 2.2 degrees warmer than sites where they stay.

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