pika http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Study indicates that climate change could harm pikas http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/study-indicates-climate-change-could-harm-pikas <p>New research suggests that climate change could have a major impact on pikas, which are small mammals that live in high-elevation rock fields.</p><p>Leah Yandow, who headed the study, says they found that pikas can only live in very specific environments, which suggests that rising temperatures could harm them.</p><p>“There’s been this general idea that pikas will simply move up slope with climate change,” Yandow said.</p><p>But her research shows that the animals don’t do well at higher elevations.&nbsp; Yandow says that’s important because pikas are integral to alpine ecoystems.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:30:13 +0000 Bob Beck 30578 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Study indicates that climate change could harm pikas