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Meet muskox, the animal with the longest hair

Musk oxen live in the frozen Arctic and roam the tundra in search of the roots, mosses, and lichens that sustain them. In winter, they use their hooves to dig through snow to graze on these plants. During the summer, they supplement their diet with Arctic flowers and grasses, often feeding near water.

Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) Uses. 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.

Muskoxen are not normally aggressive, but they are still wild animals, and can pose a threat to humans and especially dogs. These basic precautions will help keep you safe if you do encounter a muskox.

Distribution/Location: The musk ox lives in the arctic tundra regions of North America and Greenland. Although the musk ox was wiped out of Europe and Alaska due to over-hunting, they have been successfully reintroduced since then.

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