Muskox in Alberta!!!
This may be the first Muskox ever in the province of Alberta!!!
Photo was taken at Andrew Lake Lodge's outpost camp at North Leland Lake, by camp manager Kevin Wood on June 10, 2012.
North Leland Lake is 30 miles east of Fort Smith and stretches across the Alberta/NWT border. Our North Leland Lake Outpost camp is located 5 miles south of the Northwest Territory border.
The "Arctic Animal" is rarely seen in the sub arctic and to our research has never been seen in Alberta. Their range includes the arctic coast and Barren lands of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
When first spotted in the heavy cover of trees first inclination was to think - Moose? . Then as it made its way through the trees it looked more like a Wild Bison? As it stepped out into the open - WOW a MUSKOX!
This photo was taken just behind the guest cabins.
The Muskox put quite a show on as it was seen on two different occasions that day and even charged the camp dog!
More pictures and Video to follow.
We see Muskox regularly at our Lynx Tundra Lodge on Lynx Lake, NWT. This is a location on the edge of the treeline nearly 500km north of Leland Lake!
We are excited by this discovery and
are researching to see what the history of Muskox this far south is. Anyone with facts please let us know.
Andrew Lake Lodge & Camps
See Photo on our facebook page
We will be posting more photos and videos too!