Native Village Youth and Education News
May 1, 2009 Issue 198
Warming West Imperils Tiny Pika
Salt Lake City, Utah: For American pikas in the Great Basin, the news is grim: the tiny, short-legged, softball-sized fur ball that huddles in high mountain slopes must scurry farther up the mountains as the climate warms. In some places, they've run out of room to run.
officials may put the pika on the endangered species
list. That would make it the first species in the lower 48 states to get
federal endangered species protections because
of climate change.
The polar bear is already listed because of threats of
global warming. The pika could be next. And more
petitions naming climate change as a cause of species
decline are likely in the coming years
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