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Snowmobile deaths up in Wisconsin

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The latest numbers from the state show snowmobile deaths are up 50% in Wisconsin this season.

Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources(DNR) reports 15 deaths this season, compared to 10 last season.

Wisconsin has 25-thousand miles of groomed trails, and state officials say an average of 220-thousand snowmobiles register in the state each year.

"A lot of people want to ask me where is the focus at," said Jeremy Cords, a recreation Safety Warden with the DNR. "We want to focus on education and then enforcement."

Natural resource officials say on average, over the past five years, 60%-65%of snowmobile deaths in Wisconsin involve alcohol.

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