Muskox

At the Preserve

Our collection:

6 . 7 . 0
Male Female Young

Our Habitat:

23.4
Acres

Photos from the Preserve:

Articles from the Preserve:

Fall In to Autumn

5 minute read -  Autumn is a season of change! It’s the bridge which helps us transition from summer towards winter. What a beautiful bridge it is, with leaves blazing colour in vibrant hues of red, orange and yellow. Fireweed has flowered and the leaves are crimson....

Muskox Get Shaggy

2 minute read -  In late Spring, Muskox start to look pretty shaggy and not very impressive.  They look like they could use a good combing - why is that? To best answer the question…..let’s first talk a bit about muskox. Muskox live on the tundra of the high arctic....

Stay Put – The Muskox Mantra

6 minute read - "Winter Is Here" series continues with the legend of cold climate survivors - Muskox!    Ice age survivor - Oomingmak (Inuit for The Bearded One) is living proof of long-term successful adaptation to a narrow niche - the treeless and...

Resources

General Overviews

The structure and function of muskox preorbital glands – R Gray, F Flood, and E Rowell

Muskox have many means of scent marking. The most notable is the strong scent male muskox emit during rutting season which is likely what earned them the name “muskox”. However, both male and female muskox possess small glands located near the eye (periorbital glands) that they can also use for scent marking. This paper focuses primarily on the structure of the periorbital gland and how the scent it emits is used for threat displays.

The structure and function of muskox preorbital glands – R Gray, F Flood, and E Rowell

Muskox have many means of scent marking. The most notable is the strong scent male muskox emit during rutting season which is likely what earned them the name “muskox”. However, both male and female muskox possess small glands located near the eye (periorbital glands) that they can also use for scent marking. This paper focuses primarily on the structure of the periorbital gland and how the scent it emits is used for threat displays.

Yukon Specific Research

Wildlife Management Advisory Council – Muskox

A council made up of representative stakeholders whose mandate is to conserve and protect wildlife, habitat and traditional Inuvialuit use within the Yukon North Slope. 

In the News – Yukon Stories

Muskox Spotted near Tombstone Territorial Park – CBC

In 2015 a motorist spotted a large brown animal – a muskox, far south from its typical treeless north slope landscape.

 Skull of Extinct Muskox Species Pulled out of the dirt near Dawson City – Yukon News

A discovery of the skull of a long-extinct breed of todays muskox was found just south of Dawson City in the fall of 2017. 

 

 

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