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Road checks to fight wildlife trafficking during Holy Week

Think before you take home that wild plant or animal from vacation.

Costa Rica judge releases poachers hours after cops catch them with dozens of dead birds

National Police officers and Environment Ministry officials last Friday caught two poachers transporting 62 birds in the central Pacific district of Montes de Oro, in Costa Rica's Puntarenas province.

Animal abuse reports on the rise

With just over two weeks left of the year, reports of animal abuse have already surpassed by 15 percent those recorded last year, the National Animal Health Service (SENASA) reported Friday.

Rescuers free dogs, birds in another puppy mill raid

Rescuers found beagles, Chihuahuas and American Staffordshire Terriers during the raid, along with 39 birds.

Costa Rica court convicts owner of illegal puppy mill

A Cartago court sentenced a man for illegally breeding dogs in a puppy mill. Most of the dogs were kept inside stacked cages or hanging crates for years.

Hunters attack park rangers with machetes in Braulio Carrillo National Park

A ranger lost two fingers on his right hand while trying to protect himself from a machete-wielding hunter.

Leave that iguana in the jungle, expert tells Costa Rica

Thousands of parrots, monkeys, iguanas, toucans, turtles and other rain forest animals are kept as exotic pets in Costa Rica, a practice putting some species at risk, according to experts.

National Police arrest 6 hunters inside Palo Verde National Park

Officials of the National System of Conservation Areas last weekend conducted inspections in several protected areas in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, resulting in the arrest of six hunters inside Palo Verde National Park, the agency reported Thursday.

Hunter under investigation for killing Costa Rican cougar

Prosecutors in the southern Pacific canton of Buenos Aires, in the province of Puntarenas, are investigating a local man for allegedly killing a Costa Rican cougar (Puma concolor costaricensis), an endangered species in the country.

Hunters ignore Costa Rican ban, kill mother deer, fawn near Carara National Park

Park officials and volunteers found a wounded deer that died during surgery. Her baby was also killed.

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