BISMARCK (AP) - North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is prohibiting overnight camping on some wildlife management areas in the western oil patch, where a housing shortage has forced many people to take shelter wherever they can find it.
Some people have turned to setting up camp at the wildlife areas, leading to problems such as littering and raw sewage dumping, Game and Fish wildlife chief Randy Kreil told The Bismarck Tribune.
"There's just a lot of issues involved," he said.
Most wildlife management areas are open to primitive camping for 10 consecutive days.
"But in recent years we have seen a significant increase in the number of people who are residing on our WMAs for extended periods of time," assistant wildlife division chief Jeb Williams said in a statement. "The new rules ... are intended to ensure these areas are available for hunters and anglers."
Camping is being restricted to certain days in some wildlife management areas and prohibited in others. The restrictions are posted at entry points.
"This may be an inconvenience for some, but the vast majority of camping on WMAs is on weekends and we want to make sure they are available for recreationists," Williams said.