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Woodpecker-Saving Daughter Costs Mom $500, Possible Jail Time (year in jail)
WUSA TV | August 2, 2011 | Kristin Fisher

Posted on 08/02/2011 10:21:08 AM PDT by CedarDave

Title and link only -- Gannett station

http://wusa9.com/news/article/161065/158/Woodpecker-Saving-Daughter-Costs-Mom-500


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: bird; birds; fishandwildlife; fws; govtabuse; rapeofliberty; woodpecker; zerotolerance
Synopsis: Eleven-year old girl saves baby woodpecker from being eaten by family cat at Dad's house. Mother puts woodpecker in cage to take to her home to make sure it's o.k. On way home, brought into store out of sun. Female US Fish and Wildlife agent shopping there shows badge, confronts mother about violation of migratory bird act and takes name. Mother releases bird when she arrives home and notifies F&WS.

Two weeks later agent shows up with VA state trooper at home to issue citation. Mother refuses to sign and is issued court warrant.

Update: According to the website, F&WS this p.m. now says its all a big mistake and citation should never have been issued and is sending an apology.

Your federal government at work.

1 posted on 08/02/2011 10:21:11 AM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

Oh, I don’t know. Once we start getting lax with our woodpecker laws it’s a slippery slope to all hell breaking loose!


2 posted on 08/02/2011 10:22:38 AM PDT by sand lake bar (This bag may be used as a toy)
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To: CedarDave

Hopefully the overzealous agent is fired. Bad cops need to go.


3 posted on 08/02/2011 10:22:52 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: CedarDave

I had to read it twice to make sure they weren’t talking about England.


4 posted on 08/02/2011 10:25:37 AM PDT by SkyDancer (You know, they invented wheelbarrows to teach government employees how to walk on their hind legs.)
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To: CedarDave
Update: According to the website, F&WS this p.m. now says its all a big mistake and citation should never have been issued and is sending an apology.

Translation: They got caught, and realized what a PR nightmare they had stepped into.

Without publicity, this woman would have been sunk.

5 posted on 08/02/2011 10:25:47 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: CedarDave

I’m from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and I’m here to help.

~~NOT Ronald Reagan

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6 posted on 08/02/2011 10:26:57 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (The views and opinions expressed in this post are true and correct. Deal with it)
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To: CedarDave

“Your federal government at work.”

It shows how many of these malefactors are crawling around, too.


7 posted on 08/02/2011 10:26:57 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: CedarDave

8 posted on 08/02/2011 10:28:54 AM PDT by null and void (Day 922. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: CedarDave; Clintonfatigued; GOPsterinMA; sickoflibs; stephenjohnbanker; justiceseeker93; ...

She should have walked out of the store immediately and definitely not called them later!


9 posted on 08/02/2011 10:29:00 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: CedarDave
Your federal government at work.
How much salary? How much benefits? How much medical? How much pension?

Fire!

Fire!

Fire!

Cut!

Cut!

Cut!

Defund!

Defund!

Defund!

10 posted on 08/02/2011 10:29:23 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: CedarDave

“Mother releases bird when she arrives home “

No mention if the cat got it again?


11 posted on 08/02/2011 10:29:23 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: CedarDave

Thank you Cedar, your synopsis made more sense than the article.


12 posted on 08/02/2011 10:30:33 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (You can't forfeit the game Chuck! If you go home you forfeit!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Forgot to ping you.


13 posted on 08/02/2011 10:30:58 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: CedarDave

The moral of the story is that it’s a bad idea to play with strange peckers.


14 posted on 08/02/2011 10:31:45 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: sand lake bar

Oh great! Now I’m going to have the Woody Woodpecker song stuck in my brain for the rest of the day!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDtn1YijeiI


15 posted on 08/02/2011 10:32:49 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Rebelbase
“Mother releases bird when she arrives home “ No mention if the cat got it again?

Typical family these days; Mom and Dad have different homes.

16 posted on 08/02/2011 10:33:11 AM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

Why don’t they prosecute the cat?


17 posted on 08/02/2011 10:41:43 AM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: sand lake bar

Off with their head.

They had someone dyslexic in the office, they wrote up the report instead of reading Wood Pecker, it said Pecker Wood.

They assumed it was a threat against Congress.


18 posted on 08/02/2011 10:44:51 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: EDINVA

Even though it was US F&WL, it sounds like the VA Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries. A couple of their agents were stationed at a dock on the intracoastal waterway in Chesapeake, VA some years ago. They were near a favorite spot for boaters to gather and were indiscriminately waving boats over. They waved me over and demanded I take a sobriety test. Even though I showed them that the strongest drink I had on board was O’Douls (NA beer). Only when they found that I was NOT intoxicated, did they even mention that I was violating the No Wake Zone there. I tried to explain that I was barely making steerageway with the current there but they ticketed me anyway.


19 posted on 08/02/2011 10:48:23 AM PDT by fredhead (I'm not sleeping, I'm checking my eyelids for cracks.)
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20 posted on 08/02/2011 10:57:33 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: fredhead
Even though it was US F&WL, it sounds like the VA Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Apparently they do that a lot and its a sensitive issue. The article update concludes with:

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries did not participate in the inquiry."

21 posted on 08/02/2011 11:17:41 AM PDT by CedarDave
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Without publicity, this woman would have been sunk.

Also the fact that she had the brains (and guts) not to accept the citation.

22 posted on 08/02/2011 11:19:31 AM PDT by VRWCtaz (America has Zero to be ashamed of.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Now I’m going to have the Woody Woodpecker song stuck in my brain for the rest of the day!

Now it's stuck in my head, too! LOL.

23 posted on 08/02/2011 11:19:47 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (To paraphrase Sarah Palin: "I love when the liberals get all wee-wee'd up.")
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To: CedarDave

My wife was driving in a rain storm. There was a slow down. People were driving slowly around a squirrel that had been hit and was flopping around in the road. She stopped and despite a bunch of people yelling that it was going to bite her and give her rabies... she picked it up wrapped it up and took it home. When she got it home we realized that the squirrel was paralized. She called the wilderness vet and they told her to bring it in to have it put down.

We had a weiner dog that became paralized after jumping off of our John Deere track loader and he got better after a couple months so she asked about giving the squirrel a chance to get better first. Immediately she got a whole bunch of threats and was told that she was breaking the law The person sounded over the phone like she was frothing at the mouth herself. She started yelling and saying they were going to track her down through the the caller ID. She said that we were illegally harboring an injured squirrel and that unless we surrendered it... we would be facing a huge fine and jail time.

My wife hung up. We decided to take our chances, and took care of the squirrel until it recovered enough to fend for itself a couple months later. It lived behind our house for a couple of years after that. It’s tail never got better so she was easy to identify. I think one of the neighbors’ half a dozen cats finally got the better of it.


24 posted on 08/02/2011 11:23:44 AM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: proud American in Canada

“Now it’s stuck in my head, too! LOL.”

Pass it on! I did!


25 posted on 08/02/2011 11:24:35 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: fredhead

“...they ticketed me anyway.”

Sure they did .. gotta meet those quotas they will swear up and down don’t exist. And then wonder why we don’t trust government.


26 posted on 08/02/2011 1:42:45 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: CedarDave
And how much pain, suffering and legal cost did the family endure before the Agency backed down with that weasel worded mistakes were made statement?
27 posted on 08/02/2011 3:19:34 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: CedarDave

And people ask where we can make cuts...


28 posted on 08/02/2011 3:33:20 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Is the destroyer anti-US anti-West anti-Christian anti-Israel and reminiscent of the anti-Christ?)
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To: sand lake bar
Oh, I don’t know. Once we start getting lax with our woodpecker laws it’s a slippery slope to all hell breaking loose!

Comments on the TV's website generally follow those on here -- bureaucratic overreaction, over regulation, no common sense, good candidate for budget cut etc. One humorous one with more than a grain of salt:

Learn from this. Next time you see one of these birds injured on your property hit it with a shovel and bury it.

29 posted on 08/02/2011 4:10:12 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave
We used to have a house right on Galveston Bay. One day when the boat and jet ski traffic was just awful, I saw a baby turtle trying to keep from being run over. Thinking it might be an indangered Ridleys Sea Turtle, I got a long handled net and caught it. I called the Texas Fish and Wildlife Dept and asked if someone could come over and get it and take it to a safe location and turn it loose. The man was very polite and told me if he came, and if it turned out to be a Ridleys, I would be arrested. So much for my good deed for the day!
30 posted on 08/02/2011 4:20:23 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Impy; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Impy.
Update: According to the website, F&WS this p.m. now says its all a big mistake and citation should never have been issued and is sending an apology.
The F&WS-hole needs to find something more rewarding to do with ITS time.


31 posted on 08/02/2011 6:37:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv; CedarDave

I see a cat with a wood pecker I’m a leavin’ ‘im the ‘ell alone.


32 posted on 08/02/2011 6:47:00 PM PDT by bigheadfred ("I consulted all the sages I could find in yellow pages but there aren't many of them")
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To: CedarDave
Upon speaking with the subject, later identified as Alison Capo...

Allison Capo: Single mother, Fredericksburg, VA resident, probable government employee, likely liberal voter.

Until now.

If this incident hasn't converted her to conservatism, nothing will.

33 posted on 08/02/2011 7:00:48 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: CedarDave

“HeeheeheeHA!who”


34 posted on 08/02/2011 7:09:14 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism - "Who-whom?")
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To: bigheadfred

“Look mom! The cat’s got a Woody!”

“Whaaaattt?!? Oh, yes, get the cage.”


35 posted on 08/02/2011 7:11:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Impy

impy! you got too much time on yer hands if youra startin a bird ping list.


36 posted on 08/02/2011 7:23:52 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (Palin '12 begins in '11. In western New Hampshire pour moi.)
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To: SunkenCiv
“Whaaaattt?!? Oh, yes, get the cage.”

Terrible to half to treat your daughter that way. But sometimes it's the only way to be sure.

37 posted on 08/02/2011 7:30:28 PM PDT by bigheadfred ("I consulted all the sages I could find in yellow pages but there aren't many of them")
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Lists are for the birds, I just ping people off the top of my head. ;d


38 posted on 08/03/2011 7:16:39 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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