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Muskox (Ovibos moschatus)

Muskoxen are valued for their meat, and about 260 animals a year are harvested by hunters. Muskoxen are also valued for wildlife viewing, for the artwork made from their horns, and for their soft underwool called qiviut, considered the world’s warmest wool for its weight. A cooperative of Native Alaska knitters produces exquisite garments from qiviut shed from a domestic herd in Palmer, and a herd at the Large Animals Research Station in Fairbanks.