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akaurora

Wasilla, AK, United States

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© Rick Larson

FEATURED IN ’ALASKA ~ BEYOND YOUR DREAMS IN MARCH 2009.

Camera: Canon EOS 40D, F-stop: f/9, exp: 1/500 sec., ISO: 400, 310mm

Musk Ox, North of the Brooks Range 10-18-2008. The muskox (Ovibos moschatus) is called omingmak meaning “the animal with skin like a beard” by Inupiaq-speaking Eskimos, (a reference to the long guard hair that hangs nearly to the ground). Taxonomists now classify muskoxen with the sheep and goats (the closest living relative of the muskox is the takin, a large goat-like animal which is found in the Himalayas). Muskoxen (as a species) have changed little since the ice age and are perfectly adapted to live in their harsh arctic environment. Mature bulls are about 5 feet high (1.5 m) at the shoulder and weigh 600 to 800 pounds (273-364 kg), Cows are smaller, averaging approximately 4 feet (1.2 m) in height and weighing 400 to 500 pounds (182-227 kg). The name “muskox” is misleading because the animals have no musky odor.

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