Group Sues to Protect Cute California Rodent

California Fish and Game Commission rejects pika protection petition again.

By Jackson West
|  Thursday, Oct 29, 2009  |  Updated 1:45 PM PDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Adorable Zoo Babies: Two Baby Gorillas

Mahalie Stackpole

The pika generally spends its whole live in an area less than a mile square, so might not be able to migrate north as the planet warms.

advertisement
Photos and Videos
More Photos and Videos

Environmentalist organization Earthjustice has filed suit in San Francisco Superior Court after the state's Fish and Game Commission rejected a second petition to protect the American pika.

The animal lives in cool, moist and rocky parts of the Sierra Nevada.

The Center for Biological Diversity and the World Wildlife Foundation both cite global warming as endangering the pika, since the animal, a relative of the rabbit, can't easily move north to cooler climes.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also considering federal protection for the species, which lives in nine other states besides California.

Jackson West admits the little critters are pretty adorable.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Bay Area Proud
Bay Area Proud is NBC Bay... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out