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Costa Rica to ban sport hunting

Jaguars have been aggressively hunted in Costa Rica
Jaguars have been aggressively hunted in Costa Rica

Staff writers

October 7, 2012 — Sport hunting could become a thing of the past in Costa Rica -- thanks to a new bill proposed by the country's law makers.

Within a matter of days, Costa Rica could become the first country in Latin America to ban sport hunting.

The proposal was set into motion last week after law makers voted 41-5 to ban the controversial sport.

A second vote, which could turn the bill into law, will follow this week.

The ban would not apply to indigenous groups, sport fishing or to scientific research.

Costa Rica is home to half a dozen endangered cat species -- including jaguars and pumas, both of which have seen population declines due to aggressive hunting.

With files from Reuters

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