Friday, September 26, 2008



The muskox (Ovibos moschatus) is an Arctic mammal of the Bovidae family, noted for its thick coat and for the strong odor emitted by males, from which its name derives. This musky odor is used to attract females during mating season.

The muskox and the caribou are the only two hoofed mammals, or ungulates, that survived the end of the Pleistocene Era, 10,000 years ago.

To cushion the blow and prevent brain damage, they have an air pocket between their brain and skull.

Both the males and females have horns that are not shed, but rather grow larger each year.

The largest recorded set of muskox horns was found near Perry River and measured 80 cm between the tips.

Their front hooves are larger than their hind hooves, making it easier for the muskox to dig through snow for food.

One average sized bull can result in 135 kg of meat (based on harvesting results in the Cambridge Bay area).