Monday, February 16, 2009

The witness protection program?

Feb 12th, 2009 | 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 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.


Ali said...

no kidding. I didn't know they were endangered. We have them here, in the alpine.

Pika pika pikachu! (had to be said)

ellroon said...

I choose you, Pikachu!

Steve Bates said...

"Pika pika pikachu!"


ellroon said...

Well.. with all that long grass the pika collects, no wonder allergies would kick in...