We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
One of the few large Ice Age Pleistocene mammmals surviving in North America, and still in some parts of northern Europe, is the Musk Ox. I am always surprised to remember that there are Musk Oxen in Canada - they are rarely a subject of cocktail party conversation - unless you have the bad luck to be chatting with the dull and pedantic Bird Dog.
They are the Bison of the Tundra - but they are not bovines, despite their appearance and name. They are closer to goats.
Remarkably, there is a group in Alaska which is breeding them for domestication, which does seem 6000 years too late. A bit about these remarkable critters here.
Can they be hunted? Once you get up there, it's too much like shooting a cow in a pasture. The Eskimos kill them, though, but they kill anything, including seagulls.
Too bad most of the really big critters disappeared, and so recently - how much more exciting would wilderness hikes be knowing you could encounter a beaver the size of a car, a mastodon or a giant armadillo?
I do wonder though how they survived the end of the ice age if they're so easy to kill? I was under the impression that human hunter-gatherers were responsible for the extinctions.
Probably. But we prefer to blame the extinctions on Bush's Global Warming. Bush, and Halliburton. Oh, and Exxon, or whatever they call it. And Cheney. And SUVs, and cars, etc. Not to mention CO2-filled human speech, and farts.
We do miss those giant armadillos, though. Man, what a barbeque they would make. Yum.