Duncan… The Magazine Winter 2018 - Page 27

Woodland Caribou. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Extra Info: Now that you know about the special reindeer here are some facts about the earth’s northernmost deer species (Information from National Wildlife Federation) • In North America reindeer are also called caribou. • Both the males and females grow antlers. • Th eir noses are specially designed to warm the air before it gets to their lungs. • Reindeer hooves expand in summer when the ground is soft and shrink in winter when the ground is hard. • Some subspecies have knees that make a clicking noise when they walk so the animals can stay together in a blizzard. • Some North American caribou migrate over 3,000 miles in a year – more than any other land mammal. • Th ough thought of as a tundra species, a form of caribou lived in southern Idaho until the 19th century (there are ongoing eff orts to re-establish them in the state). • Th e name “reindeer” is of Norse origin (from the old Norse word “hreinn” for deer) and has nothing to do the “reins” of a sled. Th e name “caribou” comes to us through the French, from the Mi’kmag “qalipu,” meaning “snow shoveler.” •Once the entire body of a reindeer was found inside a Greenland shark (most likely a case of near-shore scavenging, as opposed to a migrating land shark). DUNCAN MAGAZINE | WINTER 2018 27 www.edwardjones.com DES-8207-A Member SIPC Don Graham Jr Kelsey E Avants Kristen Arrington Tanner L Cline Duncan, OK Duncan, OK Duncan, OK Duncan, OK (580)252-9381 (580)255-4408 (580)255-4408 (580)255-4408 (580)255-1515 (580)252-9048 Lynn Bailey Marlow, OK (580)658-2704 (580)658-2704