Picture: Arctic musk oxen in defensive posture
Arctic musk oxen in defensive posture. Photo by Dr. Joel Berger of WCS
The musk ox was extinct in Alaska as recently as the 1880s but was re-introduced into Alaska’s Arctic in the 1970s and today, approximately 3500-4000 musk oxen exist there. According to Joel Berger, a conservationist at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), says that only 10-30 of the animals remain in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge–down from more than 400 that lived in the refuge in the 1990s.