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Costa Rica included in list of most dangerous countries for environmentalists

The “How Many More?” study states that last year two environmentalists were killed each week somewhere in the world.

US government sued over sea turtles snared in shrimp nets

MIAMI – Tens of thousands of endangered sea turtles die every year in the United States when they are inadvertently snared in shrimp nets, an environmental group alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the government.

Rangers at Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park use satellite technology to fight illegal gold mining

“We’ve compared these groups to drug traffickers and found that they operate in a similar manner."

PHOTOS: ¡Vive Jairo! Protesters demand justice (again) for slain Costa Rica conservationist

Hundreds of protesters gathered Thursday in front of a court complex in the Costa Rican capital to express outrage over a verdict earlier this week that acquitted seven defendants of the 2013 murder of sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora, who has quickly become an environmental martyr in this small Central American country known for its eco-tourism.

Costa Rica’s top 5 environmental stories of 2014

Known worldwide for its pristine green image, Costa Rica's environmental record is often seen as flawless by outsiders. Still, environmental problems exist in Costa Rica, and this year's headlines showed that the country has a lot of work to do to truly earn that flawless reputation.

Costa Rica joins Ecuador in calling for more protection of endangered shark species

During a meeting for the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals last week, members added a record 21 shark, ray and sawfish species to Appendix II of the convention, which includes all "migratory species requiring international protection."

Dead shark finding precedes ‘Black October,’ the worst month for illegal fishing in Costa Rica

Two weeks ago, park rangers at Isla del Coco National Park, located 590 kilometers west of Costa Rica's central Pacific coast, discovered six dead silky sharks (Carcharhinus falciformis) and blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) on longline hooks within the boundaries of the park's protected marine area.

German tourist busted at Costa Rica airport smuggling 400 animals is released with no fine

Tourist Maciej Oskroba headed back to his home country of Germany on Thursday just nine days after being caught red-handed with more than 400 live animals in his luggage at the Juan Santamaría International Airport outside of San José. He received no jail time and no fine.

Caiman captured in San José park

A lake in a San José metropolitan park lost a predator Sunday, as officials finally captured one of the elusive caimans that had been roaming the park.

Costa Rica police seize 170 wild animals from German tourist’s luggage

San José's Juan Santamaría International Airport is often busy, but it became a zoo on Tuesday when police discovered 170 live animals in the luggage of a passenger headed to Panama.

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