| Capra canadensis|
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The Canadian ibex or chèvre is a wild species in the genus Capra inhabiting what was once known as Canada and Alaska. They are descendants of feral goats that managed to adapt and survive in the Canadian mountains.
Biology, Ecology and ReproductionEdit
The Canadian ibex is larger than its domestic counterparts, standing about 50.3 to 70.1 centimeters tall at its shoulders. They generally have large hooves adapted for moving across rugged terrain and large, curved horns (generally smaller then other ibexes) that males possess, while females usually have smaller horns. Chèvre also have a short, but shaggy coat that is generally a light chestnut color with a dark brown tail and a black dorsal stripe.
Like their domestic ancestors, they are dietary opportunists, feeding on whatever grass, weeds or shrubs they can find. This makes them very successful in surviving in certain mountain ranges in Canada and Alaska. Chèvre ibexes tend to mate around early summer and give birth in early spring.
Ibexes have a wide variety of predators; the most common predators of chèvre are gray wolves, though cougars, coyotes, lynxes and Yukon tigers will hunt them. Sometimes humans will return to their home planet and hunt them for trophy and game purposes, though this is extremely rare, due to the effort put into it.