The Art of Wendy Powell
Western Canadian Wildlife Paintings
Western Canadian wildlife paintings by artist Wendy Powell.

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Muskoxen are social animals that usually live in herds of 10–20 members. When approached by predators, such as wolves, the adults will form an outwardly facing, stationary circle around their young.

The muskox's thick coat is black, brown, and gray with extremely long guard hairs that nearly reach the ground. Their wool (or 'quiviut') is valued for its softness, warmth, and length. Quiviut yarn sells for $50 to $100 per ounce.

Muskoxen actually are closer relatives to goats and sheep than to oxen. The first part of their name comes from the strong odor that the males produce. Another distinctive feature are the long, curved horns that grow on both sexes.

This animal is found in the artic areas of Canada, Greenland, and Alaska. In the summer, they browse on grasses, sedges, and reeds in river valleys. To escape deep winter snows, they climb to higher regions and find food by digging through the snow.

Muskox in Motion
Image: 16 x 5.0 in. (41 x 13 cm)