Animal was perched on a rock on the way up to White Pine Lake, in the Waasatch range of Utah. The picture attached is not clear, but this pitka is centered in the middle of the picture, on the flat rock.
This interesting mammal lives at high elevations in rocky areas. Researchers believe that their range is shrinking, due mainly to climate change.
"up to the ratchek hut"
One heard at this location. Talus field altered by recent bike path construction to Lake Solitude.
The pika (/ˈpaɪkə/ PY-kə; archaically spelled pica) is a small mammal, with short limbs, rounded ears, and no external tail. The name pika is used for any member of the Ochotonidae, a family within the order of lagomorphs, which also includes the Leporidae (rabbits and hares). One genus, Ochotona, is recognised within the family, and it includes 30 species. It is also known as the "whistling hare" due to its high-pitched alarm call when diving into...