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The muskox is an arctic mammal of the Bovidae family, noted for its thick coat and for the male's strong odor, hence the name.

It belongs to the Caprinae subfamily, being more closely related to goats than to oxen, but is in its own genus, Ovibos.

Both sexes have long curved horns.

Muskoxen are social and live in herds, usually of around 10–20 animals, but sometimes over 400.

Muskoxen are native to the Arctic areas of Canada, Greenland, and Alaska.

The Alaska population was wiped out in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century, but muskoxen have since been reintroduced to Alaska.

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "Muskox", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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