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As Climate Warms, A Shifting Landscape for Wildlife: Yale 360 On the Dalton Highway south of Deadhorse, on

Arctic Blog: As Climate Warms, A Shifting Landscape for Wildlife By Steve Zack, Wildlife Conservation Society 2 Aug 2011 On the Dalton Highway south of Deadhorse, on Alaska’s North Slope, two of my colleagues from the Wilderness Society and I encountered a small herd of muskox. These beasts are the quintessential resident land mammal up here, and a true relic of the Pleistocene. They look like a shag carpet that has been tossed onto a Volkswagen bug, with horns replacing the front bumper. At this time of year, they are molting yards of wool, or qiviut, as their winter coat gives way to a cooler summer dress. Steve Zack of the Wildlife Conservation Society blogs from the Arctic for Yale Environment 360 . The fourth in a series . Read the previous entry The stiff wind that day was blowing large chunks of qiviut directly our way, the fur so thick and bunched in the air that w...

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