Pikas holding their own

Though their numbers have been in decline, a new survey has found that American pikas have been holding their own in the Southern Rocky Mountains.

Looking at the 69 historical sites that have hosted pikas, researchers found that 65 of them were still occupied by the little rabbity creatures.

“Many have assumed that warming temperatures would be the primary signal affecting North American pikas. This study shows it is more complicated than that, and that drier conditions could affect the persistence of pikas across the West,” Associate Professor Robert Guralnick said.

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