Mysterious beast gets caught in Maine wildfire

John Holyoke upside down fuzzy


Can you identify this mysterious beast? He recently got caught in a wildfire.

Wildfire’s cohosts, Harry Vanderweide and George Smith, wrestled the beast into the guest chair and grilled him.

Judging the beast well-done, they turned their attention to Aislinn Sarnacki, whose outdoor columns in the Bangor Daily News are very popular. George and Harry acted out with Aislinn – ok, Acting Out is the name of her newspaper column.

Aislinn SarnakiThey did not sign up for Aislinn’s “One Minute Hikes,” having figured out that the hikes were a lot longer than that!

Wildfire is produced by Maine Audubon and aired on Time Warner’s cable TV station (usually channel 9). It can be seen:

Wednesday at 7 pm

Friday at 7:30 m

Saturday at 2:30 pm

Sunday at 9:30 pm.

Wildfire can also be accessed on Maine Audubon’s website, The show with Aislinn and the mysterious beast should be up on the website soon. In fact, all Wildfire shows are on the website, so you can watch – right now! – any episodes that you missed.

Aislinn and JohnNOTE: the mysterious beast (guest), shown at left with Aislinn, is John Holyoke, another BDN outdoor reporter. I post my outdoor news blogs on the BDN website, as do Aislinn and John. One week I got up to number two in most readers of my posts that week, but Holyoke was number one with 8 times more readers, thanks to his posting of a blurry photo of a “mysterious beast.” That’s when I learned the power of mysterious beasts!


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George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In the spring of 2016, Islandport Press will publish a Maine travel book by George and Linda, and Down East Books will publish a book about Maine sporting camps by George. In 2014 George won an award for the state's best sports blog, from the Maine Press Association.