14 September 2012
Arctic Photography - Muskoxen photography

Musk Ox “Rut” at Arctic Watch

Every summer at Arctic Watch, a special event takes place out on the tundra. The local musk ox herds go into the "Rut" or "Rutting season". Male musk oxen compete for dominance of the herds on the tundra. Juvenile bulls will challenge older males for control, and breeding rights. This show is always extremely theatrical! Bulls will snort, paw, charge and bang heads together. The show generally goes on for thirty minutes. The entire herd becomes extremely agitated while the two bulls fight for dominance. Females will often try to run away. For the first time at Arctic Watch, Nansen Weber, our wildlife photographer and tracking specialist, successfully filmed the event! Enjoy!