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Summer wildlife in Greenland

A bull musk ox protects his herd in Thule Air Base, Greenland, July 18, 2019. When a herd feels threatened, they will form a circle around the calves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow)

A bull musk ox protects his herd in Thule Air Base, Greenland, July 18, 2019. When a herd feels threatened, they will form a circle around the calves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow)

An Arctic hare scratches itself at Thule Air Base, Greenland, July 18, 2019. They are one of the largest living hares in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow)

An Arctic hare scratches itself at Thule Air Base, Greenland, July 18, 2019. They are one of the largest living hares in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow)

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Some useful advice about the wildlife around Thule Air Base, Greenland: Do not feed the animals or approach them.

Tips for common Thule AB animals:

  • Arctic Foxes: Foxes take care of their puppies and there is a very good chance you’ll observe the puppies playing around with mama fox. However, do not try and touch the puppies as the mother is very protective and might become aggressive. If she shows her white teeth, you can be sure she is not smiling at you.
  • Musk Ox: There are a few herds of musk ox in the area. However, do not get near those as they are protective of their calves and may attack intruders. Remember, the Bull in each herd will protect all of his “ladies.” Normally, when a herd senses imminent danger, they will form a circle.
  • Polar Bears: Polar bears are very dangerous and fast. You cannot run away from them. If you are seen by one, nothing may happen; but then again, does it have cubs or feel threatened? Never try to catch a polar bear’s attention. Get away from the area.
  • Arctic Hares: These cute little bunny rabbits are all over the place in Thule. They are one of the largest living hares in the world and they can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Although they are herbivores, they have been reported to occasionally eat meat, including fish, the stomach contents of large animals or each other.

Remember, never feed the animals. Keep them wild and don’t risk attracting predators. Do not hike alone and always have a communication device with you at all times.

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