North Woods Law Is The Most Lit Nature Show You Can Watch Right Now
If you tune into Animal Planet's North Woods Law, you're in for a ride. The wildlife officers are tasked with anything from searching for lost hikers to capturing geese to rescuing mountain lions and everything in between. The show has been lauded for showing what it's really like to be a DNR (Department of Natural Resources) officer.
Though this nature-centric show left Maine and moved to New Hampshire in 2016 for arguably controversial reasons, reception has mostly been positive for warden departments. Maine's warden department saw an increase in employment applications, and wardens in both states noted the importance of young fans who develop an interest in nature and conservancy.
The DNR officers in North Woods Law are shown in a variety of situations; sometimes it's a lighthearted moment with baby deer, but sometimes it involves carrying a woman's remains out of the forest or retrieving a body from a river. Here's a compilation of wild facts about North Woods Law as you binge watch the officers take on anything that comes their way.
The Remains Of A Lost Hiker Were Found On 'North Woods Law'Video: YouTube
After two years of searching for a hiker who had wandered off the Appalachian Trail, game wardens in Maine discovered Geraldine Largay's remains while filming an episode of North Woods Law. After disappearing in July 2013, Largay managed to survive three weeks in Maine before succumbing to starvation and exposure to the elements. Largay, 66 years old and from Tennessee, was no stranger to hiking; unfortunately, she left the trail to use the bathroom and never found her way back.
According to the wardens, her remains were found only about 3,000 feet from the trail. Wardens were filmed carrying a body bag out of the woods.
An Undercover Sting Operation May Have Been Staged
North Woods Law and the Maine Warden Service came under heavy fire after the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram claimed that a large undercover sting operation portrayed on the show was actually staged. The investigation claimed that a warden illegally shot a deer and provided alcohol to persuade people to commit crimes. The two-year poaching investigation apparently yielded few legitimate results, yet 30 wardens in 24 vehicles — and two film crews — went into the tiny town of Allagash and raided the homes of nine residents. Wildlife officials reportedly tried to block the newspaper's investigation (a tactic that they've allegedly exercised with the press before).
The Maine Warden Service Got Into It With A Local Newspaper Over Filming
The Maine Warden Service and the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram got into a public but somewhat humorous feud following the newspaper's investigation into a sting operation on North Woods Law. The Warden Service was mad enough to write 2,800 words in response to the newspaper's public record requests.
The author of the article in the Portland Press, Colin Woodard, has won the Pulitzer Prize and is a highly respected journalist but is highly despied by Governor Paul LePage, the governor of Maine — probably because Woodard called LePage "America's craziest governor."
The entire exchange between the state agency and newspaper is kind of hilarious, particularly if you're a city dweller who doesn't have experience canning moose meat. The newspaper took the Warden Service to task, however, calling out the numerous lies and inaccuracies in the 2,800 word response.
One such gem is says that the Warden Service stated, "At no point did the Warden Service seize peaches." The newspaper responded that, "The evidence photo taken by the wardens included in the newspaper's story clearly shows a jar of peaches."
A Warden Rescued A Loon Using A HatVideo: YouTube
During the first season of North Woods Law, warden Kris MacCabe got a call that a loon was trapped on a frozen lake. At the scene, he found blood and a loon that had gotten through the ice, but couldn't get out. The loon, however, wasn't keen on being rescued. MacCabe used his hat and what appeared to be a plastic storage tote to capture the little guy so that he could be taken to a wildlife center to be checked out.
The Governor Of Maine Hates 'North Woods Law'... And A Few Other Things
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The Maine Warden Service said that the partnership with North Woods Law was intended to recruit new hires but they chose not to continue with the show after their mission was fulfilled. However, Paul LePage, governor of Maine, claimed that he's the one who booted the show, then went on a rant about the author of an article about the botched undercover sting operation featured on North Woods Law.
Paul LePage, governor of Maine, is no stranger to the limelight. LePage has made numerous racist comments, including "Black people come up the highway and they kill Mainers." But from a governor who refused to attend Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events after he entered office, this isn't very surprising. He also referred to people of color as "the enemy." Both Republicans and Democrats have asked the GOP governor to call it quits, but he remains in office.
It all stands to reason that the Trump White House has been in talks with LePage because Trump apparently wants the governor to run for Senate. LePage was an early Trump supporter.
'North Woods Law' Was Forced To Move To New Hampshire
When North Woods Law was booted from Maine, whether because the governor hated the show or there was a controversial sting operation or the partnership simply dissolved, the show had to find a new home. That new home ended up being in New Hampshire, and the new era of the show premiered in March of 2016. The New Hampshire government entered into a strong contract with the production team, allowing officials to review final edits before anything airs. The New Hampshire wardens wanted to focus on making a show more about conservation and wildlife rather than "another cop show."