Warden Alan Curtis cuddles with a friend.
Whether protecting the wildlife of Maine, or working on his moose calls, you can’t deny Game Warden Alan Curtis will stop at nothing to do his job, all while maintaining his trademark sense of humor. Warden Curtis was kind enough to take some time out from the line of duty to chat with Animal Planet about his life, career and the craziest animal encounters he has had on and off the job! Get to know the Machias, Maine native and expecting father (Congrats, Warden!) with this Q&A!
Animal Planet: Let’s start with the basics. Where are you from and what do you like to do?
AC: I was born and raised for the most part in Machias, Maine. I was the typical outdoorsy kid growing up, hunting, fishing and camping. After high school, I fought fires out west for two summers and worked at a hardware store during college. I was hired by the Machias Police Department and worked for them for two-and-a-half years until becoming a game warden in 2006. I now live with my wife, very soon-to-be-daughter, four dogs (including Cruizer) and a few chickens in a house I just built. When I’m not working, I like spending time fishing, hunting and trapping. And now I will be able to spend time with my little girl.
AP: And what about your partner K-9 Cruizer? What’s he like when he’s not on the job?
AC: When Cruizer is “off the clock,” he is your average, goofy dog. He loves to play with the other dogs and just do dog stuff. As soon as I say “work,” he is at the door ready to jump in the truck.