September 5, 2012

Muskoxen Near Nome, Alaska

Posted by Evelyn Mervine

Here’s a little biological interlude: pictures of some muskoxen which I encountered on the arctic tundra just outside of Nome, where I’m currently working.

A small herd of muskoxen near Nome, Alaska, August 2012.

A (slightly) closer view of some muskoxen near Nome, Alaska, August 2012.

There is some tension between the muskoxen and the citizens of Nome. Muskoxen can be aggressive towards dogs and small children, and they often wander into people’s backyards. Here’s a recent example of some of the tension between muskoxen, people, and dogs. Personally, I like observing the muskoxen… but from a safe distance.