No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Feds Fine Mom $500 Because Daughter Saved Baby Woodpecker’s Life (video)
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on August 2, 2011
Common sense out the window… children with lemonade stands are being fined and shut down by the government for not having proper licenses and government permissions. Now kids and their parents saving the lives of baby woodpeckers are being fined, possibly jailed — the Nanny State government’s myriad laws, rules, mandates, and punishments continue to amaze and appall.
If this little girl, Skylar Capo, had been less compassionate and just let the “protected” woodpecker be killed by a cat, the Capo family of Virginia wouldn’t be in this mess.
Reported by WUSA9 News, Woodpecker-Saving Daughter Costs Mom $500, Possible Jail Time:
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 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.
“I was a little bit upset because I didn’t want my mom to get in trouble,” said Skylar.
So as soon as the Capo’s got home, they opened the cage, the bird flew away, and they reported it to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“They said that’s great, that’s exactly what we want to see,” said Capo. “We thought that we had done everything that we could possibly do.”
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.
“I feel harassed and I feel angry,” said Capo.
“Kids should be able to save a baby bird and not end up going home crying because their mom has to pay $535. I just think that’s crazy,” said Skylar.