Musk Oxen Make Bethel Appearance

Alaska State Troopers say musk oxen have been seen in and around the Bethel area, and people should keep their distance.

Troopers say the musk oxen have been seen near homes, on winter trails and near the local waterfront.

According to troopers, musk oxen can move long distances quickly and they often appear in new areas overnight.

Troopers say people should take safety measures to view the animals, which can be aggressive and easily agitated.

Troopers say dogs should be kept away because they are seen as predators and musk oxen will protect themselves accordingly. Troopers also say it’s a good idea for people to stay at least 150 feet away.