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American pika

Ochotona princeps


Small member of the hare and rabbit order


Talus slopes in alpine habitats. Talus provides cover.


Recently petitioned for listing under ESA; listing found to be not warranted.

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Jeff Dreier
Jeff Dreier 6 years ago

Sorry about that. ESA is Endangered Species Act. Apparently there is concern that climate change could result in reductions in alpine and timberline habitats; and is probably the primary reason that someone (or group) petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Sevice to list this interesting species. I took this picture back in 1987. It would be interesting to see if others have seen them at this site recently, or other places where I have seen pikas. I think I will look into that!

Nice spotting of a species which many of us will never get to see or even hear about without this picture.
Out of interest, what is ESA? All I get on a search is European Space Agency and Employment Support Agency! This is a worldwide site but unfortunately many acronyms remain unknown to those outside their sphere of influence.
I used to work for SAF

Great photo. I can usually hear them but not see them. Nice spotting.

Jeff Dreier
Spotted by
Jeff Dreier

California, USA

Spotted on Aug 5, 1987
Submitted on Mar 2, 2014

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