Skip to comments.Mother fined $535 after daughter, Skylar Capo, 11, saves endangered woodpecker from hungry cat
Posted on 08/02/2011 10:28:06 AM PDT by jakerobins
Never let a good deed go unpunished.
An 11-year-old Virginia girl trying to rescue a baby woodpecker instead earned her mother a $535 fine when it turned out the bird was a protected species.
Skylar Capo saved the bird from the clutches of a cat which was about to turn the feathered friend into lunch.
"I've just always loved animals," Skylar told WUSA-TV. "I couldn't stand to watch it be eaten."
When she was unable to find the baby's mother, she asked her own mother if they could adopt the orphaned bird.
"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 Skylar's mom Alison Capo.
As they were headed home they stopped into a store and brought the bird inside where they incidentally encountered an officer from the Department of Fish & Wildlife.
The officer informed them that the bird was a protected species, and it was illegal to transport it.
(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...
In Va, Fish&Game people are LEOs.
Hopefully mom and daughter will learn like most of us on these pages that until the liberals outlaw living, humans are the most reviled and vile organism to exist on this planet.
:: “I’ve just always loved animals,” Skylar told WUSA-TV. “I couldn’t stand to watch it be eaten.” ::
Irony in action as Skylar ^denied^ the cat a naturally (predator) caught meal. I wonder...is Skylar concerned whether the cat starved to death recently?
The best lesson would have been to NOT involve the damn animal protectors.
This Spring we saved a little redbird chick and after a week my wife gave it to one of the “we care more” officially authorized persons and it sounded like we should expect a call from the LEO. Told my Gal to next time either leave the little birdy alone for the kitty or keep it to ourselves.
Fish and Wildlife officers in Virginia are fully-empowered LEOs. Where I grew up (out in the boonies) they were armed, too. They were the ones out checking hunting and fishing licenses and busting people for hunting out of season or spotlighting, stuff like that. This one, though, just sounds like an idiot.
The “Fish & Wildlife” officer obviously has too much authority for too little brains or common sense. I can speculate about her (the F&W officer) need to show her superiors her devotion to mindless myrmidon-dom, but frankly this is a case of an axe of a law swatting a fly. I hope that this lady requests a jury trial and pushes the government minions to their breaking point.
BTW, if the cat ate the bird, would the cat be on the hook for a $535 fine?
I shoot feral cats on our property all the time and I really could care less that the little girl denied a meal to one of these vermin.
Save the bird -- you'll be punished.
Don't save the bird -- you'll be punished.
It is all about force and coercion, and the more laws they make, the easier it is for them to find something you're doing that deserves punishment.
Typical brownshirt government employee screwing the public. The flavor just happened to be a fish and feather cop....power tripping.
Skylar’s last name is ironic.
Wait till they find out the little girl also runs a lemonade stand on the weekends.
Yes, but his citations might be a bit more severe than a 500.00 ticket.
The cat, if a pet, is doing amusement hunting and isn’t missing any meals.
The cat, if feral, is an invasive predator and should be, if we are discussing what is natural, eliminated immediately.
People who feed feral cats should be eliminated also. ;)
It just amazes me how often you really can accurately judge a book by it's cover.
He's got 'douchenozzle' written all over him.
Life lesson #1 for little Skylar Capo: There is almost no situation at all that can be benefited by the added presence of a law enforcement officer.
Cats control real vermin. Many people died of plague in Medieval Europe due to misguided jihad against cats.
Well, yeah. He's wearing a badge...
Indeed. I have a few barn cats to keep the mice down. But when I come across a feral cat on my property it gets shot. Period. By the way, dogs that chase our cattle get the same treatment.
Thd officer should have followed them home where he could have shot the dog as well
Locally some people rescued and fixed up a bird with a broken wing. Because it was a migratory bird they were told they could not keep it, so they turned it over to Fish and Game.
Because it could not be returned to the wild, Fish and Game killed it.
That’s sounds like an act of brilliance that only a government agency can properly pull off.
Uh, Instead of bringing the thing home, why didn’t the kid just put the bird up in a tree and shoo the cat away?
It gets worse. According to the linked video report, the Fish and Wildlife officer later went to the mother's house along with a state trooper and served her with papers for a $535 fine and an order to appear in court. If convicted, the mother could face up to a year in jail.
Who let Dennis Rader out of jail? He’s the spit and image of old BTK.
The very first thing we as citizens need to do is at every level of government remove the immunity given to government officials when they abuse their power.
These people were bullies or bed wetters when they were young and found a job where they could bully or pee on us with immunity.
Why, just because you receive a government check, should you have special status?
It is time to reign in JBTs at every level.
I thought that WAS the btk serial killer. He could be his twin. Maybe they should take a second look at this guy.
It is the same in Florida. In fact (at one time at least) Fish & Wildlife officers are empowered to do warrantless searches should they have reasonable expectation that a crime is being committed such as poaching. This was because of the likelyhood of any evidence being destroyed before a warrant could be issued.
They are also armed not only because of their official function but because they are also very likely to come across other illegal activity that has a preponderance for violent encounters such as drug smuggling and large scale pot farms and meth labs.
Yeah it was hare brained decision. But lots of times LEO are given no choice when it comes to whether to enforce a law. They are told “no exceptions” and that it is up to the courts to decide if the enforcement had merit.
Sadly for every one who agrees fining the mom was dumb you will have someone wanting to know why she got away with breaking the law if she was not fined.
Don’t blame the LEO for being giving bad laws to enforce. Don’t blame them for being told to leave personal judgment out of it. Most LEO do not get to use such discretion any more.
how come the names of the child and her mother were plastered all over the place but...the name of the woman at the fish and game or whatever it is called... her name wasn’t posted???? Why only the name of the people who were rescuing a bird? Who could sit and see a tiny helpless bird about to be killed by a cat? This is a ridiculous case and if the mother was ever sentenced to a year.... there would be real trouble. I mean think about it. Casey Anthony was set free after her child was found dead and walks. This mother would go to jail? I DO NOT think so.
Now usually, if you tweak some folks with guns and badges they get their backs up. But not these two, they were too busy looking at the reason they pulled us over. And that was the babe in her bikini who was decorating the boat at the time. Who, like any good first mate was bending over digging around for something these two uniformed dykes wanted that I had not given them. As she did this I came to realize she was having fun with the two ladies in black. And maybe a little with me too because I know she knew where one item was. It was actually kind of fun because she is, let's say, perfectly built.
Anyway, the point is why do we have so many people doing so many things for the government that we just don't need?Because shortly after we finished with the Game Warden Lesbians I saw the Coast Guard. Who, in contrast to the Game Wardens are real pros. Most of my interactions with the Coast Guard are kind of fun.
We have way too many people working for the government and many times they duplicate things. I've never been able to understand why we have a Federal Dept. of Education. Maybe we need to appoint Donald Trump the "czar of your fired!" and let him start canning some of these people.
So if one of your cows escaped, you would have no problem with a stranger shooting them, correct?
Perhaps that is him. Well, that certainly proves the ‘book by it’s cover’ notion.
>>>So if one of your cows escaped, you would have no problem with a stranger shooting them, correct?<<<<
So long as that stranger doesn’t have a problem with me, my neighbors, or the local deputies shooting him/her, no.
Livestock =/= pets. Wyoming has laws to that effect, too.
If my cows get loose then one of my neighbors will let me know and I’ll have to go get them corralled and any damage they cause while they’re loose I’m responsible for.
For some reason, though, city folks like to move out here and let their dogs and cats roam and they think they have no responsibility for any damages their pets cause. It’s been a few years but we had a golden retriever chase one of our stud bulls and the bull ended up breaking a leg and it had to be put down. Hubby shot the dog, of course.
The owner showed up looking for the dog and found it dead in the back of our pickup and then called the sheriff.
End result was they admitted that this was their dog and their home owners insurance had to pay us $85,000 for the bull.
I really don’t care what you do in your city, but if you come out to the country you keep your dogs and cats in your yard because it is not a joke when they come into my yard. I don’t want your dog chasing my cattle and I don’t want your stupid cat chasing my chickens or fighting with my barn cats.
I want to believe you, but if you could post some pix of that perfect creature, that would be great!
Ok, come to my house and kill me then.
wait til they board your boat like nazis
While I understand your rebuttal, I would wonder if this points to a real problem of these agencies seeking to keep their stats up and funding / personnel safe. We see police cracking down on lemonade stands and Girl Scout cookie sales and have to ask if that a good use of LEO resources? Law Enforcement is to fight CRIME and this does not meet that criteria. If this mother fights this idiocy in court as I hope she will, it could end up costing these bureaucrats far more than just money, it will cost respect for fair dealing - an irreplaceable commodity.
Gee, you sound like a swell guy!
These are the agencies that the GOP can’t cut and so we have to raise the debt ceiling.
Our pet cat is pretty well fed, but still likes to munch on the squirrels she catches.