AUGUSTA — Maine forest rangers say they’ll be on the lookout in the coming weeks for people damaging Maine’s back unpaved roads by going “mudding” in their four-wheel-drive vehicles.

The Maine Forest Service says property owners every spring suffer road damages from people who seek out wet muddy forest and farm roads where they can slip, slide and spin their pickup trucks and other vehicles in the mud.

Officials say it can take just a few minutes for vehicles to cause thousands of dollars of damages while also harming fish habitat at stream crossings.

Forest rangers will be on patrol in the weeks ahead looking for people damaging the roads. They say they’re in touch with landowners who have had problems in the past in an effort to identify trouble spots.

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