Vail Daily column: Rising temperatures threaten pika populations

By Edward Stoner

As the summer temperatures start to rise and the snow in the high country is only beginning to melt, pikas are already starting to prepare for the coming winter. If you’re not sure what a pika is, it is the adorable little fuzzy alpine dweller that the Pokemon Pikachu was based on. The first order of business for young pikas, fresh out of their mother’s burrow, is to establish foraging territory. The fight for territory can lead to a series of short calls, chasing one another, and even face-offs in which two pikas stand up on their hind legs and …

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