The sun was setting in the Absaroka-Beartooth mountains near Cooke City, Montana and the autumn grasses and talus fields were painted in a subtle orange-gold hue.
This adult pika spent much of the summer and fall collecting plant material - her winter rations. Plants were collected and carried back to her haystack or haypile. Deep snow accumulated in this high-elevation mountain, and she used the food, stored in her kitchen pantry all winter and foraged for lichen and cushion plants deep under the snow.
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