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The Wild Yak

The Yak is Native to the Himalayan regions of South Central Asia and as far north as Mongolia. The Yak was introduced to North America through Canada and Alaska around 1909. It is beleived that there are fewer than 2000 Yak residing now in North America...the majority consist of small herds owned by Yak breeders. Yak found on Ranches in the Kerrville region of Texas are raised for Trophy Hunts. The horns on the Yak found on these ranches are the biggest in the world, providing for the ultimate trophies and hunting records.

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The yak (Poephagus grunniens or Bos grunniens) must be regarded as one of the world's most remarkable domestic animals as it thrives in conditions of extreme harshness and deprivation. The present domestic yak is descended from wild yak, which may have been caught and tamed by ancient Qiang people in the Changtang, an area that covers more than half of Tibet.

The yak has a dark black-brown coat that is dense, wooly, and shaggy. The fiberous fur can be used as yarn for knitting. The shoulders of a yak are high and humped, with a broad, drooping head. Their short legs have broad hooves and large dewclaws to help them maneuver over mountainous environments. Yaks stand about 6 feet tall at the shoulder.

Both male and female yaks have horns, though those of the females are considerably smaller and shorter. They grow up to 51 cm / 20 inches long in females, and 95 cm / 38 inches in males. The horns are curved and grow out from the sides of the head and curve upwards.

Yak in the United States are typically raised for their lean meat, but the Yak makes an excellent trophy because of its size. Texas Hunt Lodge, in 2009, harvested the Trophy Game Record and SCI World Record Yak.