So they should have just allowed the cat to kill the bird - right. Ranks right up there with the zero tolerance stuff in the schools.
Jury trial with USACarry members on the panel works for me.
Thank you for contacting the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries did not participate in this inquiry. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is responsible for the protection of all federally listed migratory birds, and is the agency that initiated the inquiry referenced in your email. The USFWS has issued the following statement regarding the case. Comments, questions, or concerns should be addressed to USFWS.
For immediate release News media: for further information, contact Aug. 2, 2011 Bill Butcher, USFWS, 413-253-8339 or 413-658-7356
Virginia woman unintentionally issued citation
On June 13, a special agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service observed a woman carrying a cage that contained a woodpecker at a home improvement store in Fredericksburg Virginia. As possession of a bird may potentially violate the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the agent initiated an inquiry to determine whether a potential violation had occurred. Upon speaking with the subject, later identified as Alison Capo, on June 27, the agent determined that no further action was warranted. A citation that had been previously drafted by the agent was cancelled on June 28.
Unfortunately, the citation was processed unintentionally despite our office’s request to cancel the ticket. The Service has contacted Ms. Capo to express our regret. The Service is also sending Ms. Capo a formal letter explain the clerical error and confirming that ticket should never have been issued. This misunderstanding was the result of a Service inquiry into possible violations of federal wildlife law. In particular the Service is responsible for the protection of all federally listed migratory birds. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries did not participate in the inquiry.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Home. Connect with our Facebook page at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | Facebook, follow our tweets at US Fish and Wildlife (USFWSHQ) on Twitter, watch our YouTube Channel at USFWS's Channel - YouTube and download photos from our Flickr page at Flickr: USFWS Headquarters' Photostream
So true. I can dream can't I?Sorry, Baba, but I am sure that the members of this forum have been disqualified from the potential jury list. HOWEVER, I am sure that we are on some other federal lists!
Thank you for contacting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is apologizing to the Capo family for the actions of our law enforcement agents. Service Director Dan Ashe is attempting to reach the family to personally offer an apology on behalf of the agency.
We appreciate the family's efforts to do the right thing for the woodpecker and commend them for releasing the bird once contacted by law enforcement. The citation should never have been issued and the Service is in the process of correcting the error. The Capo family should disregard the citation.
We recognize that caring individuals like the Capos want to help injured and abandoned wildlife. In these circumstances, the best course of action is to contact the Service or state wildlife professionals, who can determine how best to help the injured animal.
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