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In the 05/09/2019 edition:

The Impossibly Cute Pika's Survival May Say Something About Our Own Future

Chris Ray has been tracking pikas in Montana for 30 years. Rising temperatures and dwindling snowpack appear to be taking a toll on the tiny mountain dwellers.

Early one August morning, on a rocky slope high in Montana's Gallatin Range, biologist Chris Ray crouched on a boulder with a tiny, sedated furball in her hands. Ray has long, wavy salt-and-pepper hair and was wearing white nitrile gloves to protect the creature, a fist-sized denizen of the western mountains called an American pika.

Ray had captured the animal in a small metal "live trap," and then coaxed it into a clear plastic tube primed with a cotton swab soaked in anesthetic. "Go to dreamland, buddy," she'd cooed.

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