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Dane County snowmobile trails closed


MADISON (WKOW) -- Poor conditions have forced the closure of Dane County's public snowmobile trails.

Over the weekend, Dane County Sheriff's deputies partnered with wardens from the Wisconsin DNR for some joint enforcement on the County's public snowmobile trails.

The stepped up enforcement came about, in part, because of complaints by landowners.  They say some snowmobilers were leaving the trails and damaging farm fields.

Over a three day period, deputies made approximately 50 contacts with snowmobilers.  more than 20 warnings were issued and approximately ten citations given.

Violations included failing to stop at stop signs, registration problems, speeding after dark, no trail pass, and no safety certification. 

Although no contacts were due to trespassing, the Sheriff's Office and DNR want to remind snowmobilers to stay on designated trails, both for their safety and landowner's protection.  

If weather conditions change, and the trails re-open, deputies and wardens will again conduct enforcement for the safety and enjoyment of everyone using the trails.

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