threatened ptarmigan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced June 14 it plans to list the Mount Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan as a threatened species solely because of climate change.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed federal protection for a grouse based solely on climate change forecasts for the Washington Cascades.

Smaller snowpacks, retreating glaciers and higher temperatures will threaten the Mount Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan, USFWS said in a report Monday. The bird roosts in the snow.

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