Musk-ox on Dovrefjell
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Musk ox is an arctic mammal of the Bovidae family. They have a thick coat, curly horns and are usually around 2.5 m long and 1.4 m high at the shoulder. Adults usually weigh at least 200 kg and can exceed 400 kg. A strong odor emitted by males, from which its name derives. This musky odor is used to attract females during mating season.
Muskoxen are social and live in herds, usually of around 10–20 animals, but sometimes over 70. During the mating season, which peaks in mid-August, males compete for dominance. During this period all males are extremely aggressive. Bulls will even charge birds if they are close by.
Muskoxen are native to the Arctic areas of Canada, Greenland, and Alaska. The Alaska population was wiped out in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century, but muskoxen have since been reintroduced to Alaska. During the ice age they lived in Scandinavia, but disappeared probably due to hunting.
In 1930-1953 the musk ox was reintroduced to Dovrefjell in Norway by the help of man. The number of animals has increased in recent years.
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- [2009-03-04 8:33]
Welcome on TN,this is a fine capture of a not so commonly posted mammal on TN,I have seen them as well on an island close to Tromso (probably you know) when I passed with one of our vessels (I am a sailor) underway to tromso,thanks
This is a very interesting picture as for me! I had no idea that these aminals still live in the wild in Norway :) I'm especially grateful for showing this picture, as this summer I am planning to visit Scandynavia :)
Great documentary photo with interesting note :)
Greetings from Poland,
really heavy and majestic, TFS Ori
- [2009-03-04 18:56]
Wow, they blend so well, you did a great job bringing out the highlights of the coat.