Gunnar in action as Herd Manager at the Musk Ox Farm (Palmer, Alaska). Shot by Jeff Babcock.
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The musk ox, Ovibos moschatus, is an ancient species of arctic mammal currently found in remote areas of the far north, including Greenland, Alaska, Canada and Siberia. During the Pleistocene, musk oxen wandered across the Bering Land Bridge to populate North America with the likes of the woolly mammoth, saber-toothed cat, and giant ground sloth. Fossil records indicate musk oxen ranged across Europe, Asia and North America during the last Ice Age, roaming as far south as present-day France in Europe, and Ohio in North America.
Musk oxen were extinct within Alaska by the late 1800s but were reintroduced from wild herds in eastern Greenland in the 1930s by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Once in danger of disappearing completely, musk ox populations have made a dramatic comeback with a current worldwide population of about 150,000 animals. The largest wild populations of musk oxen can be found in Canada, especially on Banks and Victoria Islands, Northwest Territory.
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