For the past couple of months — ever since the initial six-show run of “North Woods Law” ran its course —people have been asking about the future of the reality TV show that shadows Maine game wardens as they do their daily work.
On Saturday Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife officials confirmed that Animal Planet has signed on for another 10 episodes of the show, which is produced by Engel Entertainment.
One reason for the announcement on Saturday: A film crew for the show is scheduled to be on hand at the Rangeley Lakes Region Moose Lottery Festival in Oquossoc, and officials figured that the crew’s presence might let the proverbial cat out of the bag.
Three of the show’s “stars” — wardens Kris MacCabe and Jonathan Parker and warden Sgt. Scott Thrasher — were to be on hand at the moose lottery festival, greeting the public at a Maine Warden Service booth.
Emily MacCabe, an outdoor educator who works at the DIF&W who is also married to Kris MacCabe, said the department has also planned a special event during which the public can interact with the game wardens who have appeared in “North Woods Law.”
That event is scheduled for Aug. 23 at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray.
Emily MacCabe said the appearance was scheduled in response to the requests of parents who have contacted the DIF&W, asking if there was a way that their children could meet the game wardens they’ve seen on TV. She said that requests for school visits for her husband have also increased dramatically since the show debuted earlier this year.
“Sometimes I kind of feel like his agent,” Emily MacCabe said with a laugh.