California denies legal protections for Pika Published
The California Fish and Game Commission’s decision Wednesday comes after a judge last month ordered the state to reconsider a previous denial.
Researchers at the Center for Biological Diversity argued in their petition that global warming is destroying the habitat of the tiny pika. The pika live in the cooler, upper reaches of California’s Sierra Nevada, and the mountains of 10 other western states.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also studying whether the pika should be protected by federal law.
The center says it is considering a legal challenge to the state’s decision.