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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 obtained by Alaskans on the Seward Peninsula and in Western Alaska, primarily Nunivak Island and Nelson Island. There are two domestic herds in Alaska; The Musk Ox Farm in Palmer, and the Large Animals Research Station (LARS) in Fairbanks.