DENVER (AP) – As federal land managers consider plans for more wind turbines, oil wells and gas wells in Colorado and Wyoming, environmentalists are trying to mobilize residents to push for measures to reduce the impacts of energy development.

The National Wildlife Federation has scheduled community meetings in each state starting Thursday aimed at turning residents into wildlife advocates. The meetings will discuss results of a recent study by the group that found that some mule deer, pronghorn antelope and greater sage grouse populations in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming haven’t been fully rebounding to historic levels.

Colorado wildlife officials say drops in wildlife populations can’t be pinned on energy development alone. Wyoming wildlife officials say they already have implemented plans to lessen impacts of development on wildlife.

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