Keep an eye out for the North American pika

Pronounced ‘PEE-ka’ in imitation of its call, this little rock rabbit exists in many East Kootenay locations – but you just may hear its high-pitched nasal ‘eeeek’ before you see it. About seven to eight inches long, the wee gray beastie with round ears and no tail will sit very still for long periods, almost invisible among the gray rocks, until it suddenly moves. The North American pika (Ochotona princeps) is quite common in the Canadian Rockies and in some slopes at lower elevations, but it is dwindling rapidly in the American Rockies. Often mistakenly described as rodents, pikas are lagomorphs, similar to hares and rabbits. They live in loose colonies, each with its own home range and st

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