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Waterfowl stop at Cibola National Wildlife Refuge in La Paz County. A new poll claims that most Western voters would oppose proposals to shift federal lands, like Cibola, to state governments. (Photo by Chris M. Morris via flickr/Creative Commons)

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Land, no: Poll says Western voters oppose giving federal lands to states

A majority of Westerners think public lands belong to the nation and should not be put in the hands of states, which they fear might not conserve those lands properly, a new poll claims.