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Feds to consider pika protection

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
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SAN FRANCISCO ” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will consider whether to protect a rabbit-like, alpine creature known as the American pika because of habitat loss.

The critter’s habitat includes the Colorado high country and it’s not uncommon to encounter a pika at higher elevations in the mountains surrounding Aspen.

The decision comes in an agreement announced Thursday with the Center for Biological Diversity and Earthjustice. The groups sued in August to protect the so-called “boulder bunny” under the federal Endangered Species Act.



The government has until May to decide if protection is warranted.

Environmentalists say the pika is losing its cold, high-altitude habitat because of global warming. The American pika cannot survive in warm climate and has been moving to higher elevations as temperatures at lower elevations rise.


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