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Vermont Fish and Wildlife reminding to be careful on ice

December 19, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding people to be careful on the ice of the state’s ponds, lakes and rivers.

The department and the National Weather Service are joining together to remind winter enthusiasts that ice should never be considered safe and ice conditions vary, especially with changing weather.

Vermont chief game warden Col. Jason Batchelder says that ice may look thick enough on the surface, but moving water from currents, rivers and springs can cause ice to form unevenly.

But Batchelder says once sustained cold has formed good ice, activities such as ice fishing can be safe and fun.

Some additional tips: People should never drive vehicles onto the ice, tell friends or family their plans, wear a personal flotation device and never fish alone.

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