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Chinchilla challenge: findings on Gold Fields’ relocation efforts due within months

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A Chilean environmental regulator’s probe into whether a group of endangered short-tailed chinchillas was harmed by attempts to move them so that a gold mine could be built will likely wrap up “in the coming months,” the environmental regulator’s head told Reuters.

South Africa’s Gold Fields, which is building the $860-million Salares Norte mine, has been working with Chilean authorities since 2020 to relocate the animals.

The Superintendency of the Environment (SMA) in November 2020 ordered a halt to the relocation efforts after one of the 25 giant rodents in the colony suffered a broken leg and two others died.

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