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Associated Press, Published August 10 2012

WMA camping restrictions expanded in ND oil patch

BISMARCK — Camping restrictions put in place earlier this year on some wildlife management areas along Lake Sakakawea have been expanded to southwestern North Dakota.

The state Game and Fish Department is prohibiting overnight camping on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, except for holidays, on wildlife management areas in Adams, Billings, Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, Morton and Slope counties.

Game and Fish issued restrictions earlier this year on other WMAs because a housing shorting in the oil patch had some people taking shelter at the wildlife areas for extended periods of time. That led to problems such as littering and raw sewage dumping, so camping was restricted to certain days in some areas and prohibited in others.

More details are available on the agency's website, at http://www.gf.nd.gov .

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.