The Stuff Of Childhood Is Now Criminal
The problem with having laws against everything is that they can be applied without sense being applied to the situation…as they were in this case.
It’s a pretty common experience in childhood to see an abandoned baby bird or a hurt bird and to try to nurse it back to health.
Here’s a story out of Fredericksburg, VA, of the consequences these days of doing that sort of thing. Kristin Fisher writes at WUSA9 that a baby woodpecker was about to be eaten by the family cat, and Skylar Capo, an 11-year-old aspiring vet, sprang into action:
Skylar couldn’t find the woodpecker’s mother, so she brought it to her own mother, Alison Capo, who agreed to take it home.
“She was just going to take care of it for a day or two, make sure it was safe and uninjured, and then she was going to let it go,” said Capo.
But on the drive home, the Capo family stopped at this Lowes and they brought the bird inside because of the heat. That’s when they were confronted by a woman from the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“She was really nervous. She was shaking. Then she pulled out a badge,” said Capo.
The problem was that the woodpecker is a protected species under the Federal Migratory Bird Act. Therefore, it’s illegal to take or transport a baby woodpecker. The Capo’s say they had no idea.
They let the bird go, but…
…Two weeks later, that same woman from the Department of Fish and Wildlife showed up at the Capo’s front door. This time, Capo says she was accompanied by a state trooper. Alison Capo was cited for unlawfully taking a migratory bird and now she’s been slapped with a $535 fine.