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Jun 4, 2012 4:20 AM by Kate Richards

$32 Million spending miscalculation from Division of Wildlife

DENVER (AP) - State auditors will release details of an investigation into a $32.4 million spending miscalculation from the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Lawmakers will get a report Monday on the division's accounting practices. The agency revealed last year that it failed to subtract spending on land and water acquisitions and other expenses from 2006 to 2007 and 2009 to 2010. The error led wildlife officials to think they had more money than they actually did.

The mistake prompted state officials to ask for an investigation.

Lawmakers approved a merger of DOW and the State Parks last year before the accounting error came to light. The departments are now the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. The merger is meant to save the state some $3 million to $4 million a year.

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