Alaska big game officials have legalized an unusual hunt that will take a boat and a bold hand.

Starting Thursday, Alaska residents can harvest musk oxen that wander onto Bering Sea ice and become stranded when floes break and drift off.

Musk oxen stranded on ice are doomed to drown or starve, said Patrick Jones, assistant state area biologist.

“This occurs every couple of years,” Jones said from his office in Bethel. “It just seems like a waste for them not to harvest these animals.”


Triangle Island in the Etolin Strait near Nunivak Island, Alaska, in the Bering Sea is seen from the air in June 2004

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Alaska legalized an unusual hunt that involves musk oxen stranded on sea ice