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A Nome woman has been charged with illegally killing a musk ox earlier this month, underscoring the community's growing problem with nuisance musk oxen wandering close to town.

Matthew F. Smith | KNOM
The man, who has not been identified, said he was walking with his unleashed dogs off of Hiland Road. The dogs wandered off and when they ran back, they were trailed by a brown bear sow. Tegan Hanlon
It is the third time since 1971 that Alaska scientists have confirmed the rabies virus in a bat, but the state has never recorded an incidence of transmission of rabies from a bat to humans.Tegan Hanlon
A National Guard soldier was attacked by a brown bear sow defending cubs during a training exercise on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson Sunday, base officials said in a statement. Michelle Theriault Boots
For the third year in a row, viewers from around the world can tune in at almost any hour of the day to see bears along the Brooks River catching salmon and living their day-to-day lives on the Alaska Peninsula.Alaska Dispatch News
A lone male musk ox was shot by an area Fish and Game biologist in Kotzebue after a series of run-ins in the village, that culminated when he gored a sled dog of Iditarod musher John Baker.Jillian Rogers
A set of webcams along the Brooks River, where as many as 70 bears live and fish for salmon in Katmai National Park and Preserve, have captured their daily comings and goings. When one brown bear turned up dead this month, apparently killed by another and partially eaten, it prompted an outpouring of sadness from the bear's fans.Megan Edge
Despite an apparent bust for the 2014 nesting season, a Pacific loon that returns to Connors Lake in Anchorage every year laid eggs late, on an unknown day -- which means they could hatch at any moment.Alaska Dispatch News
Musk oxen are wandering into Nome, and no matter what's thrown their way -- loud noises, water hoses, even a blow-up bear coated in urine -- they don't seem to be willing to leave.Sean Doogan
Alaska's bearded seals, animals with distinctive whiskers and a penchant for floating alone on pieces of drifting Arctic sea ice, were improperly granted threatened-species status in 2012 by the federal government, a judge ruled Friday Yereth Rosen

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