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Conditions unsafe as Maine ice fishing begins

January 1, 2012
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PORTLAND, Maine—Maine's ice fishing season is kicking off with the new year, but wildlife officials are warning that ice conditions are unsafe across much of the state.

Ice fishing season begins Sunday, but ice has been slow in forming with unseasonably warm temperatures.

The Maine Warden Service says people need to exercise extreme caution before venturing out. Cpl. John MacDonald says the recent warm temperatures, windy conditions and rain have made for dangerous conditions across the state.

The Department of Conservation reported this week that even lakes in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway system have inadequate ice to support ice fishing and snowmobiling.

Officials expect the ice to thicken up as cold temperatures take hold in January.

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