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Judge orders state to consider American pika protection

SAN FRANCISCO-A San Francisco judge has again ordered California to consider protection for the American pika, a tiny rabbit-related mammal believed to be struggling for survival because of climate change.

It’s the third time the state has been told to examine possibly declaring the climate-sensitive critter an endangered species. It is also the first animal in the continental United States to be considered for such listing solely because of climate change.

The Los Angeles Times says Superior Court Judge Peter Busch on Tuesday ordered the California Fish and Game Commission to review scientific data and determine whether the pika qualifies for listing under the state endangered species law.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has refused to list the species as endangered.

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