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Musk Ox
Traits: Large, stocky mammal with long, dense fur; short legs and tail

Habitat: Lowland tundra of northern and western Alaska; prefers floodplains and river bottoms in summer; windblown, snow-free areas in winter

Foods: Grasses, sedges, herbs, woody plants (willows)

Eaten by: Wolves, brown bears, humans

Do You Know? The muskox is called "oomingmak" in Inupiaq, meaning "the animal with skin like a beard."

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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