Lovelorn musk ox gores prized sled dog

Anchorage Daily NewsAugust 28, 2008 

A musk ox raging through Cyrus Harris' dog yard took two shots from a high-powered rifle before turning on the musher, who squeezed off another round as the foundering beast tripped on some brush and fell just short of plowing him down.

Harris, his wife and child were uninjured, but one of the three dogs cornered during the mid-afternoon confrontation was gored in the stomach outside the residence at Sheshalik Spit, about 12 miles out of Kotzebue, Alaska.

"Musk ox come and go every so often and we're fortunate that they were able to leave us alone as we leave them alone, but this one just so happened to have a mind of its own, and it was crazy," said Harris, 51. "I'm just going to have to shoot first and talk later next time to avoid any more injuries."

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