Conservation status

Twenty-six of the 30 pika species have been fully assessed for their IUCN Red List conservation status, and of these, six (23%) have been classified as Threatened (O. argentata, O. hoffmanni, O. huangensis, O. iliensis, O. koslowi, and O. pusilla). The first five on this list live in remote areas and are poorly known. The steppe pika (O. pusilla) has retreated as its habitat has been plowed under. An additional four species have one or more threatened subspecies. In nearly all cases, these forms are threatened because of habitat loss or inadvertent poisoning (control efforts directed at other, more common, pika species).

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