Forest Pond on Rainy Day, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

A pond in a dense forest on a rainy day, in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

David Brown and Mertley Johnson were among the first Maine game wardens to lose their lives in the line of duty. Although there is no hard evidence, there is every reason to believe that wardens Brown and Johnson were likely murdered by Canadian poachers.

It was 100 years ago this month, November 1922, that the two wardens were last seen near Big Bog in northern Maine. Brown and Johnson were staked out in a man-made blind on the trail of suspected poachers at Big Bog. This large wetland is located in T5 R18 a few miles west of Fifth St. John Pond.

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