Nevada approves ban on commercial reptile collection

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners has permanently banned the commercial collection of reptiles in the state.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the state commission decided Saturday to effectively end Nevada's policy of allowing unlimited commercial reptile collecting.

The Center for Biological Diversity pushed for a complete ban, sending state wildlife officials a letter signed by four dozen scientists.

The center's Nevada director, Patrick Donnelly, calls the ban a "huge win for the wildlife and ecosystems of Nevada."

State data show nearly 500,000 reptiles have been gathered in Nevada by commercial collectors since 1987.

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