FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (WUSA) -- Eleven-year-old aspiring veterinarian, Skylar Capo, sprang into action the second she learned that a baby woodpecker in
her Dad's backyard was about to be eaten by the family cat.
"I've just always loved animals," said Skylar Capo. "I couldn't stand to watch it be eaten."
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 a Lowes in Fredericksburg and they brought the bird inside because of the heat. That's when they
were confronted by a fellow shopper who said she worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"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 is illegal to take or transport a baby
woodpecker. The Capo family says they had no idea."
"But roughly two weeks later, that same woman from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service showed up at Capo's front door. This time, Capo says the woman
was accompanied by a state trooper. Capo refused to accept a citation, but was later mailed a notice to appear in U.S. District Court for unlawfully
taking a migratory bird. She's also been slapped with a $535 fine"
This is your government at work and an example of one of the critical functions that exist that we can ill afford to cut or reform.
Not withstanding that the girl should have been commended for her actions, it likely cost more than $500 to get the paperwork drawn up, coordinate
with Fish and Wildlife and visit this home to harrass the woman and her daughter.
If the government had no real impact on the lives of others, their incompetence, false priorities and idiocy would be comical. Unfortunately the
government does have real impact on the lives of others and thus this stuff, while at first blush this is humorous, but it is not funny. We see
about 1/1000th of the events like this that occur in the country.
Ultimately the folks who responded with such an innappropriate response, like the folks who shut down lemonade stands should be summarily dismissed
for misuse of public funds and made fools in the media.
It would seem that a requirement for being employed by some of these enforcement arms of the government is to have absolutely no judgement or common
Its a good thing the woman did not attempt to video tape the official from Fish & Game. Then she really would be jammed up.
edit on 2-8-2011
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