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MuskOx-1510

MuskOx-1510

Musk Ox (Ovibos moschatus) are known to the indigenous Inupiaq-speaking people of the north as “itomingmak” - “the animal with skin like a beard.” During the last ice age, muskoxen were found across most of northern Europe, Asia, Greenland and North America, but by the mid-1800s had disappeared from Europe and Asia. By the early 20th century, muskox had also disappeared from Alaska, but after being reintroduced in 1930, the initial herd of 34 muskox grew to almost 4000 by the year 2000. Unfortunately their numbers are now in decline again. Image taken near Nome, Alaska, USA.