Our summer town of Andover in northwestern Maine has only 800 residents; but this time of year many vacationers pass through, and there are larger towns not too far away.
What helps to keep things quiet is the presence of Maine Game Warden Brock Clukey. If you’re a viewer of television’s North Woods Law, you’ve seen him in action. Like all Maine game wardens, he’s trained in multiple specialties, and the yard and garage of his family home, right in the middle of town, reflect that with power boat, ATVs and lots of other equipment stored there for deployment as needed. While game wardens are often called upon for wilderness search and rescue and principally enforce Maine’s strict animal-control and game laws, they also have full police powers. In remote towns like Andover, they’re “the law west of the Pecos,” and equally true for them is what’s said of Texas Rangers: “One riot; one Ranger.” He’s Andover’s thin blue (actually green) line, and his presence matters.