Timeline

Mid to late 1800's - Muskoxen died off completely in Alaska. The disappearance is thought to be due to climate fluctuations. At the same time their numbers also declined dramatically in Canada.

early 1900's - there was concern that the entire species might be in danger of extinction.

1917 - The Canadian government granted muskoxen protection from hunting and muskoxen were reintroduced to Alaska with money from US congress.

1930 - 34 young muskoxen were captured in East Greenland and transported by dogsled, ship, larger ship, spent time in quarantine in New York, trained to Seattle, Washington,barged to Seward, Alaska, trained again to Fairbanks where they were finally released into large pastures. The journey took over four months and all of the animals survived.

1935 - The Fairbanks herd were transferred to Nunivak Island. They did well on the island and by 1960 there were over 700 ranging there.

1960's  - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game began transplanting small groups of Muskoxen from Nunivak Island to areas on the mainland of Alaska.

1963 -134 acres of land, the original homestead of the Yankovich family, touching the north side of the University of Alaska Fairbanks property on Yankovich Road, was deeded to the University of Alaska.

 

 

 

 

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