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Oregon Zoo monitoring pikas after Eagle Creek Fire

The Forest Service has given the zoo a grant to see how the fire impacted the small animals.

Posted: Mar. 16, 2018 7:29 PM
Updated: Mar. 16, 2018 7:34 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Zoo has a special mission this year after last summer’s Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge.

Staff are hitting the trails in the Cascades to see how the fire impacted the gorge’s pikas.

Pikas are pint-sized animals related to rabbits that are often found in rugged high-elevation mountain habitats.

The pikas in the gorge are unique because they live at a much lower elevation than others in the United States.

This year, the Forest Service has given them a $24,000 grant to conduct surveys and see how the fire impacted their habitat and their population.

This will be the fourth summer researchers will monitor the animals.

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