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Published:August 2nd, 2011 15:54 EST
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Outrage: Little Girl Fined For Rescuing Baby Woodpecker

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A Virginia woman said she feels `harassed and angry` after being slapped with a $535 fine after her daughter rescued a baby woodpecker from a cat.

Alison Capo of Fredericksburg said her daughter, Skylar, 11, saved the bird from a cat in her father`s backyard and she agreed to take the bird home to make sure it was not seriously injured, WUSA-TV, Washington, reported Tuesday."

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Alison and her daughter stopped at a Lowe`s on the way home, and they had the misfortune of running into an officer with the Virginia Department of Fish and Wildlife. The wildlife officer cited the young girl for transporting a species that is protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Act.

Alison should be commended for teaching her daughter to have compassion for animals. Skylar is a sensitive young girl with a bright future.

The wildlife officer is teaching the young girl that adults, especially bureaucrats, can sometimes be a pain in the butt.

Alison and her daughter did the right thing, and the law should stop harassing them.

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