Pika politics

Samuel, Molly
April 2010
High Country News;4/26/2010, Vol. 42 Issue 7, p7
The article reports on the census conducted on the pika population by biologist Lyle Nichols of Santa Monica College which found a vanishing portion of the pika species. It notes the observations by Nichols and biologist Andrew Smith of Arizona State University, who also studied on pikas, that pikas are endangered by climatic changes. Nichols believed that the climatic changes had caused the disappearance of Bodie's southern pikas. Other surveys also indicated an upslope movement of one pika population in Yosemite and the extinction of nine out of the 25 historically occupied sites in the Rocky Mountains. Moreover, factors including the amount of habitat available in the mountain ranges, livestock grazing near patches, and precipitation are believed to contribute for the trouble.


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