Terrible news. I was so hoping for their extinction…
Study: Future for charismatic pika not as daunting as once feared
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The American pika is thought by many biologists to be a prime candidate for extirpation as the planet continues to warm, done in by temperatures too severe for this small mammal native to cold climates.
But a new study, published this week in the journal Global Change Biology, paints a different, more complex future for this rock-dwelling little lagomorph – the same order that includes rabbits and hares. Pikas may survive, even thrive, in some areas, the researchers say, while facing extirpation in others.
The research is important because pikas are considered a sentinel species for climate change impacts.
Led by Oregon State University post-doctoral researcher Donelle Schwalm, the study delved into where pikas live and how they move among…
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