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Toucan dies after being shot with BB gun

Local residents told Firefighters officers that they have seen a group of youngsters shooting BB guns “at everything in the San José de Atenas neighborhood.”

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.

Suspected poaching ring leader arrested, accused of killing tapir

The suspect was found with a .22-caliber rifle, a machete and a dog that reportedly was used for hunting. He was arrested for carrying a weapon illegally. Three others with him fled.

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.

He posted on Facebook about killing a jaguar; now this young Tico could be in hot water

A photograph of a dead jaguar posted on a Costa Rican youth's Facebook profile on Tuesday has caused outrage among Ticos on social media sites.

Costa Rican lawmakers weigh ban on hunting for sport

A bill in the Legislative Assembly also would prohibit feeding wild animals and using artificial or visual means to attract them.

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