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Michelles anxiety over the horses takes a back seat when she visits the Yukon Wildlife Preserve for a checkup on a particularly angry muskox.

Musk-oxen have inhabited the Arctic for many thousands of years. (View larger version)

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  • Equine infectious anemia (EIA) is a viral disease in horses which has no vaccine or treatment.

  • During a Yukon winter the average daily high temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • One of the largest populations of musk-ox, a species that can be traced back some 90,000 years in North America, can be found in the Northwestern Territories.

  • Musk-ox bulls will give a warning by rubbing their scent gland against the ground or their forelegs before they charge.

  • The qiviut, an under-layer coat, is eight times warmer than sheep's wool and helps protect the musk-ox during frigid Yukon winters.

  • Respiratory infections, congestive heart failure, and respiratory tract tumors can be some of the causes for a bad cough in a dog.

  • A spasm of prolonged coughing for dogs that occurs at night may indicate heart disease.

  • In Alaska, you don’t need a license for sport fishing, but non-residents under 16 years old do need a hunting permit.

  • Caribou, also known as reindeer, are members of the deer family, and both female and males grow antlers.

  • In 2013, 74 permit-hunting applications were granted, out of thousands, in the Yukon Territory for caribou hunting. Dr. Oakley's daughter Sierra was one of them.

  • An adult caribou can weigh over 400 pounds.

  • Caribou flourish on the open tundra of the Yukon Territory where the wide spaces allow them to see predators from a great distance.

  • During the summer, caribou migrate so that the young can find new food to help them grow fat for the winter.

  • Caribou meat is leaner than beef because they do not store very much fat in their muscle tissue.

  • Each caribou foot has four hoofed "toes." When walking in snow, these toes spread out to make it easier to walk in the snow.