Enviros lose pika ploy

The Obama administration Thursday declined to list the American pika as endangered, denying environmentalists’ contention that the tiny mountain-dwelling creature will be unable to survive climate change.

The rabbit-like mammal lives on the high slopes of California’s Sierra Nevada and in parts of nine other Western states. It is highly sensitive to small changes in temperature.

Larry Crist, a Utah field supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which reviewed scientific literature on the pika, said the creature can adapt and find suitable habitat despite a predicted summertime rise of 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the animal’s current range by 2050.”  “U.S. declines to list the American pika as endangered

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