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Night use restricted at oil patch wildlife areas

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013 7:08 am
Updated: 11:46 am, Fri Jun 28, 2013.

Night use restricted at oil patch wildlife areas

Associated Press |

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department is closing two wildlife management areas in the oil patch to night uses other than fishing and hunting.

The restrictions at the Trenton and the Lewis and Clark management areas apply from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise.

Game and Fish Enforcement Chief Robert Timian says the management areas in McKenzie and Williams counties are meant to be used for outdoor recreation associated with fishing, hunting and trapping. But he says in the past few years other undesirable nighttime activities such as illegal drug use have increased.

People who violate the new restriction face a fine. The amount hasn’t been determined yet but Timian says it could be as much as $250.

Overnight camping already is prohibited in the management areas.

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