Global Warming The Culprit In Decreasing Range Of California Pikas

February 3, 2015 5:12 PM

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Global warming has been demonstrated to have a significant impact on a wide range of plant and animal wildlife. A just-published study by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirms this conclusion with new research showing that global warming has reduced the range of the American pika and led to the extinction of several local California pika populations.

Pikas are small mammals related to rabbits that inhabit areas of broken rock throughout the mountains of western North America. They have high metabolic rates and very thick fur, they are ideally adapted for cold temperatures. Pikas do not hibernate during winter, they instead spend the few warmer m...

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