Hunters, anglers protest energy leases in N Colo. |

Hunters, anglers protest energy leases in N Colo.

DENVER – A coalition of hunters and anglers says a protest of proposed federal oil and gas leases in a wildlife-rich part of north-central Colorado is an opportunity for the Obama administration follow through on a pledge for greater scrutiny of leasing on public land.

The groups have filed a protest with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management over the plan to take bids on about 11,400 acres in its May 13 auction in Denver. The groups say the 14 parcels northwest of Walden are in the middle of migration routes for elk, mule deer and pronghorns and are home to moose, fisheries and sage grouse breeding grounds.

BLM spokesman Jim Sample declined to comment Wednesday on the protest because the agency is still reviewing it.

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