Monday, 7 July 2014

Got unwanted oxen? Try bear urine to ward them off

NOME, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wildlife officials have turned to an unusual source in efforts to persuade a herd of musk oxen to leave this Bering Sea coastal town for good.

Bear urine.

Some suspect the large shaggy animals are seeking refuge in Nome because of brown bears, Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist Tony Gorn told KNOM (http://is.gd/QZEXE7).

"We routinely, almost daily now, move musk ox. But then they come back," Gorn said. "So, this is an attempt to maybe put out some type of deterrent to prevent them from coming in so close to town."

The musk oxen began moving a few weeks ago into Nome, famous for being the finish line for the nearly thousand mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race every March.

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