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University of Utah

Pika in the Moss

Caption: A rabbit relative known as a pika sits among wood, moss and rocks on rockslide or talus slope in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge. A University of Utah study found the pikas -- which normally live at much higher elevations and are threatened by climate change -- survive at nearly sea level in Oregon by eating more moss than any other known wild mammal.

Credit: Mallory Lambert, University of Utah.

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