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.
One heard at this location. Talus field altered by recent bike path construction to Lake Solitude.
Two seen at this location.
The American pika (Ochotona princeps), a diurnal species of pika, is found in the mountains of western North America, usually in boulder fields at or above the tree line. They are herbivorous, smaller relatives of rabbits and hares.