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Nevada Weighs Changes To Reptile Collection Rules

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada is considering imposing restrictions on reptile collectors after figures show nearly a half-million creatures have been removed from the desert state in the past 30 years.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports all the states bordering Nevada prohibit unlimited commercial collection of reptiles, but until now the Silver State has set no limits.

Nevada is weighing recommendations that include a blanket ban on reptile collection or limiting commercial collection based on species, breeding season and geography.

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The wildlife commission will hear recommendations at its Sept. 22 meeting, the first step in a process that includes public workshops before a decision is made. A blanket ban would not prevent hobbyists from collecting reptiles for themselves as pets but would forbid the sale and barter of captured reptiles.