Another hike, another pika! But not for long. These adorable little fuzzballs die if temperatures in their high alpine environment goes above 80 degrees.
Due to manmade climate change, these amazing animals are very rapidly losing their mountain homes.
President Barack Obama highlighted the plight of the pika when he spoke at Yosemite about the damage that climate change is inflicting on our national parks. The pika’s range is rapidly shrinking in Utah, California, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Idaho and parts of Oregon according to a US Geological Survey study. In spite of this data, federal officials rejected protections for the American pika.