How Are Muskoxen Faring in a Changing Climate?

Muskoxen face dangers like disease, hunting and climate change. Why do they matter to humans, and how can we conserve them?



Who would you rather fight?

Though not endangered, many of the world’s muskoxen populations are facing threats, ranging from hunting to disease to climate change to animals literally head butting each other and causing brain trauma. And with muskoxen being an extremely valuable source of food and wool, humans have a strong vested interest in protecting them. Today, we explore why muskoxen matter, what issues they face, and how we can conserve them moving forward. With special guest Dr. Astrid Andersen: Associate Professor of Culture and Learning at Aalborg University.

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Writers: Sarika Sawant, Maddy Schmidt, Ethan Brown

Fact Checker: Owen Reith

Editor: Ethan Brown

Producers: Ethan Brown, Megan Crimmins, Shannon Damiano, Maddy Schmidt

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Music: Brett Sawka

The opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the host and guests. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of Peril and Promise or The WNET Group.

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