March 26, 2013

Maine officials warn 'mudders' to use caution

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — With mud season around the corner, Maine officials are urging so-called "mudders" to use caution and common sense this spring.

Officials say this is the time of year when drivers of four-wheel-drive pickups and other vehicles look for muddy roads and fields where they can slip, slide and spin their wheels. Forest rangers say they'll be on the lookout for illegal "mudding" that causes damage to private property.

The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says rangers investigate numerous complaints each spring of damaged roads, ATV trails and forest and crop lands.

Officials say causing mudding damage is a Class E crime punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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