Who Done It?


I discovered this pile of cut herbs among the rocks near Boulder Lake at an elevation of about 4,000 foot on Mt. Hood, Oregon.

Photo by Dennis Deck

Who made this stash? [ View Answer ]


The pika makes his home in skree slopes of our western mountains. He gathers plants from mountain meadows during the summer, carries them back to the rocks, and piles them in haystacks to dry. He harvests a variety of herbs and shrubs such as lupine and elderberry, storing them for winter use.

Listen for his call ("peek") around boulder strewn slopes. Then look for a little ball of fur perched on a favorite lookout rock. By the way, the pika is related to the rabbits and hares and is not a rodent.

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