Nome, AK – Alaska’s Department of Public Safety is mourning the loss of a state trooper who was killed by a muskox outside of his home near Nome. According to the agency, Court Services Officer Curtis Worland was attempting to keep a group of the animals away from a dog kennel outside of his home and one of the muskox attacked, causing fatal injuries.
In a release, the Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Cockrell said:
“Curtis proudly wore the Court Services Officer uniform and honorably served the people of Alaska for 13 years. He was a proud member of the Nome community and a dedicated member of the Alaska law enforcement family,”
“I hope that Alaskans will keep Curtis’ family, friends, loved ones, and the Alaska State Troopers in your thoughts as we process this tragic loss for our state. He will be sorely missed by the DPS family.”
On Tuesday, the Alaska State Troopers Facebook page wrote:
We are deeply saddened to report that one of our own, Court Services Officer Curtis Worland, was tragically killed during a muskox attack near Nome earlier today. CSO Worland was attempting to haze a group of muskox near his dog kennel at his home when he was attacked and fatally injured by a muskox. CSO Worland proudly wore the Court Services Officer uniform and honorably served the people of Alaska for 13 years. He was a proud member of the Nome community and a dedicated member of the Alaska law enforcement family, and he will be sorely missed.
The attack is under investigation by multiple agencies.
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