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Mother fined $535 after daughter, Skylar Capo, 11, saves endangered woodpecker from hungry cat
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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.

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Great another Non Law Enforcement individual that is hyped up on their own power.....Did Obama not give her a firearm? Is thta why she didn't pull out a pistol to arrest the little law breaker?
1 posted on 08/02/2011 10:28:12 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: jakerobins
This is beyond absurd. Name and address of the officer, his boss and the first level of political appointee above them. The harassment needs to be shared.
2 posted on 08/02/2011 10:31:23 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: jakerobins

In Va, Fish&Game people are LEOs.


3 posted on 08/02/2011 10:33:42 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: jakerobins

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.


4 posted on 08/02/2011 10:34:35 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: jakerobins

:: “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?


5 posted on 08/02/2011 10:37:43 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: Cyman

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.


6 posted on 08/02/2011 10:41:46 AM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: jakerobins

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.

}:-)4


7 posted on 08/02/2011 10:41:46 AM PDT by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: jakerobins

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.


8 posted on 08/02/2011 10:42:23 AM PDT by SES1066 (1776 to 2011, 235 years and counting in the GRAND EXPERIMENT!)
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To: jakerobins

BTW, if the cat ate the bird, would the cat be on the hook for a $535 fine?

}:-)4


9 posted on 08/02/2011 10:42:34 AM PDT by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

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.


10 posted on 08/02/2011 10:43:39 AM PDT by MeganC (Are you better off than you were four years ago?)
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To: jakerobins
Endangered America(reversal of freedoms act of 1994)
11 posted on 08/02/2011 10:44:37 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: jakerobins

12 posted on 08/02/2011 10:45:43 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: jakerobins
It is the goal of government to punish and oppress people.

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.

13 posted on 08/02/2011 10:45:56 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: jakerobins; SierraWasp; CedarDave; Carry_Okie

Typical brownshirt government employee screwing the public. The flavor just happened to be a fish and feather cop....power tripping.


14 posted on 08/02/2011 10:46:49 AM PDT by Issaquahking
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To: jakerobins

Skylar’s last name is ironic.


15 posted on 08/02/2011 10:47:34 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Minnow Marshals....Squirrel Sheriffs...... when does common sense kick in?
16 posted on 08/02/2011 10:53:46 AM PDT by duckbutt (Those who pay no taxes have no check on their appetite for services.)
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To: jakerobins

Wait till they find out the little girl also runs a lemonade stand on the weekends.


17 posted on 08/02/2011 10:56:10 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: ErnBatavia

Yes, but his citations might be a bit more severe than a 500.00 ticket.


18 posted on 08/02/2011 10:56:51 AM PDT by BudgieRamone (Everybody loves a bonk on the head.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

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. ;)


19 posted on 08/02/2011 10:56:51 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: ErnBatavia

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.

20 posted on 08/02/2011 10:58:21 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: MeganC

Cats control real vermin. Many people died of plague in Medieval Europe due to misguided jihad against cats.


21 posted on 08/02/2011 11:00:30 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: jakerobins
Exactly what one should expect of an obese, brain numb bureaucracy.
22 posted on 08/02/2011 11:00:58 AM PDT by SampleMan (If all of the people currently oppressed shared a common geography, bullets would already be flying.)
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To: The KG9 Kid
He's got 'douchenozzle' written all over him.

Well, yeah. He's wearing a badge...

23 posted on 08/02/2011 11:02:57 AM PDT by Mr.Unique (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

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.


24 posted on 08/02/2011 11:04:12 AM PDT by MeganC (Are you better off than you were four years ago?)
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To: jakerobins

Thd officer should have followed them home where he could have shot the dog as well


26 posted on 08/02/2011 11:06:06 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: MeganC

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.


27 posted on 08/02/2011 11:06:35 AM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: CondorFlight

That’s sounds like an act of brilliance that only a government agency can properly pull off.


28 posted on 08/02/2011 11:08:19 AM PDT by MeganC (Are you better off than you were four years ago?)
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To: jakerobins

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?


29 posted on 08/02/2011 11:16:41 AM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: jakerobins
"Great another Non Law Enforcement individual that is hyped up on their own power.....Did Obama not give her a firearm? Is thta why she didn't pull out a pistol to arrest the little law breaker?"

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.

30 posted on 08/02/2011 11:22:51 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: The KG9 Kid

Who let Dennis Rader out of jail? He’s the spit and image of old BTK.


31 posted on 08/02/2011 11:29:10 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: jakerobins

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.


32 posted on 08/02/2011 11:34:29 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

I thought that WAS the btk serial killer. He could be his twin. Maybe they should take a second look at this guy.


33 posted on 08/02/2011 11:40:21 AM PDT by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve and neither do I)
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To: jakerobins
You just have to read “A Modest Proposal” by Harold Fickett. As twisted as that satire is, real life is even more twisted. I remember talking to a DNR, there was a black panther running around. I asked her if they got it yet and she said which one? I said what other one? She said the one a sheriff deputy shot. The UN was called in to investigate because it was a protected animal. Then she said that no one would ever hear of a cop shooting another protected species of any kind - shoot shovel and shut up.
34 posted on 08/02/2011 11:42:27 AM PDT by hfr (Liberalism is a moral disorder that leads to mental disorder)
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To: Moose4

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.


35 posted on 08/02/2011 11:44:01 AM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: SES1066

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.


36 posted on 08/02/2011 11:48:41 AM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: jakerobins

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.


37 posted on 08/02/2011 11:52:07 AM PDT by cubreporter (From TEA to Shining TEA - Go Rush Limbaugh..a giant of all that is good.)
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To: jakerobins
I was out on one of the boats the other day and was pulled over by Game Wardens. Yea, Game Wardens. Who in Texas can pull you over and pretend to be the Coast Guard. I always pull out the life vests, etc. they will want to see and display them before they get to the boat. So everything was mostly ready when they pulled along side. In this case it was two gals all dressed in black, out in 90+ degree weather. After a glance at them it took my brain about 2 seconds to scream "lesbian/dykes". I mean really, thesw two were so butch it was funny. I found myself laughing at them and saying "nice guns, ya got bullets?"

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.

38 posted on 08/02/2011 11:52:31 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: MeganC
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.

So if one of your cows escaped, you would have no problem with a stranger shooting them, correct?

39 posted on 08/02/2011 11:56:16 AM PDT by Hacksaw (I don't hate Mormons. Is that okay?)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Perhaps that is him. Well, that certainly proves the ‘book by it’s cover’ notion.


40 posted on 08/02/2011 12:07:11 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: Hacksaw

>>>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.


41 posted on 08/02/2011 12:13:48 PM PDT by MeganC (Are you better off than you were four years ago?)
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To: isthisnickcool

I want to believe you, but if you could post some pix of that perfect creature, that would be great!


42 posted on 08/02/2011 12:21:00 PM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: MeganC

Damn Straight!!!!!


43 posted on 08/02/2011 1:21:12 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: allmendream

Ok, come to my house and kill me then.


44 posted on 08/02/2011 1:22:26 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: stuartcr

wait til they board your boat like nazis


45 posted on 08/02/2011 1:23:41 PM PDT by commonguymd (Freedom is a myth anymore it seems)
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To: lastchance
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.

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.

46 posted on 08/02/2011 1:33:41 PM PDT by SES1066 (1776 to 2011, 235 years and counting in the GRAND EXPERIMENT!)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

True!


47 posted on 08/02/2011 1:44:46 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: MeganC

Gee, you sound like a swell guy!


48 posted on 08/02/2011 1:45:24 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: MeganC

These are the agencies that the GOP can’t cut and so we have to raise the debt ceiling.


49 posted on 08/02/2011 1:46:37 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: allmendream
The cat, if a pet, is doing amusement hunting and isn’t missing any meals.

Our pet cat is pretty well fed, but still likes to munch on the squirrels she catches.

50 posted on 08/02/2011 1:55:09 PM PDT by no gnu taxes
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