Cute Critters on the Windy Tundra

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In the alpine tundra of Colorado, snowfall is possible any day of the year. The winds can travel above 150 MPH.

In the alpine tundra of Colorado, snowfall is possible any day of the year. The winds can travel above 150 MPH. In the summer, the sun can be very bright, but the wind still makes the tundra cold enough as to where most visitors will want to wear a jacket.

 

Pikas are a not so cold and windy addition to the tundra. These small, hamster-like rodents are furry and can dart across rocks so they can barely be seen. They make a loud, high-pitched "Mee-deep" like noise.

 

Pikas are not very social. However friendly or cute they may seem, never approach a pika or any other animal.

 

Pikas are vegetarians and eat moss, twigs, grass, shrubs and other various items from nature. The pika has several predators including bobcats, coyotes, eagles, hawks, foxes, and weasels.

 

Park ranger Jan of Rocky Mountain National Park commented. "Well, the pikas are even more fun than the marmots" who also live in the alpine tundra.