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

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2xDiazx ) 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.