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Western States Look Closely At Endangered Species Protection

DENVER (AP) — Wildlife managers, conservationists and business interests are meeting in Denver as the Western Governors Association looks for ways to change the way endangered species are protected.

They spent Wednesday and will spend Thursday talking about the states' role in deciding what species get protection under the federal Endangered Species Act and how conservation is paid for, among other topics. It's part of a review of the Endangered Species Act initiated by the chairman of the Western Governors Association, Republican Matt Mead of Wyoming.

Mead has said the law creates obstacles for local governments and industries, and he questioned how well it protects wildlife.