This is an old webpage carried forward to our new site. Please note that some of the information might be out of date and we probably have newer footage.
Musk Ox (aka muskox, musk oxen) populations are recovering in many areas thanks to modern wildlife managment. In many areas they were over-harvested, and even extirpated, but they have been reintroducted and there are now regulated hunting seasons and protections from illegal harvest. For example, musk ox were extirpated from the Seward Peninsula in extreme western Alaska. As a result, animals were reintroduced and the population now thrives. Much like plains bison, musk ox, adapt to and become tolerant of people if they are not harvested. However, a new threat now faces musk ox and other Arctic wildlife, that being climate change. How or whether musk ox can adapt to a warming Arctic is not known. The animals have evolved over millenia to survive in a cold environment.
Filming musk ox is not hard. The hardest part is getting to their habitat in the far north and then finding the animals. Once you find them they should be tolerant of people unless its a heavily hunting population. One of the best places to find an accessible and tolerant musk ox population is the Seward Peninsula of Alaska, and specifically, around the town of Nome.
Be aware that musk ox bulls, and even cows defending calves, can be dangerous. Use good judgement and stay a safe distance, say 50 yards.