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‘North Woods Law’ New Hampshire program to start March 5

  • Animal Planet network is set to air a new television series called ‘North Woods Law: New Hampshire.’



Monitor staff
Monday, February 13, 2017

New Hampshire law enforcement and wildlife biology will join hands on TV sets – not to mention computer, tablet and smartphone screens – on March 5, as the program North Woods Law: New Hampshire makes its debut

The program on the Animal Planet channel will feature conservation officers with New Hampshire Fish and Game in their various duties. The producers have been following teams of officers since last June, after the program was approved by the department and the Executive Council.

The show is a follow-up to North Woods Law, the Animal Planet show that followed conservation officers in Maine. The Maine program emphasized law enforcement – from illegal hunting to backwoods drug shipments – but the New Hampshire program plans to include more wildlife biology and conservation issues. Animal Planet describes it as a “docu-series.”

The first show is set for 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 5.

“We are pleased at the potential the New Hampshire series has for raising public awareness of the complexities of wildlife enforcement and management,” said Col. Kevin Jordan, chief of Fish and Game Law Enforcement.

The show is produced by Engel Entertainment of New York City, which created the Maine show.

The state won’t be paid for the program, but Engel will make a $2,000 payment per aired episode to the New Hampshire Wildlife Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit partner of Fish and Game.

The contract as approved by the Executive Council was cautious about the state’s image, ensuring “two opportunities to review each episode of the program or series for legal and factual accuracy . . . (and) to ensure that the episode does not contain objectionable material that may, at the department’s sole discretion, jeopardize the safety and security of the department or cause damage or embarrassment to the department . . . or depict the department’s personnel and representatives to be failing to follow legal procedures.”

(David Brooks can be reached at 369-3313 or dbrooks@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @GraniteGeek.)