Sigh: Indiana man faces possible jail time for nursing bald eagle back to health

posted at 9:21 pm on June 19, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Fighting to save Freedom can be fraught with danger, and not just from the IRS:

Local officers seized a bald eagle from the home of Greencastle, Indiana man, Jeffrey Henry and charged him with unlawful possession of the bird. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received an anonymous tip that Henry was keeping the eagle in his apartment, an action punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Bald eagles have been federally protected since 1940 when Congress recognized the need to guard the species’ diminishing population. The “Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act” prohibits hunting, possession and sale of the birds along with their nests and eggs.

As reported by WISH News 8, Henry had the bird in his home for 11 hours after several weeks of caring for the sick animal in the wild. The outdoorsman told the station that he noticed the bird a few weeks ago when he was hunting for mushrooms in Putnam County. The eagle was unable to fly, stuck in mud, and hungry, so he fed it fish eventually two times a day. When campers on four-wheelers arrived in the area, Henry suspected the grounded eagle would be in danger. He said, “I took him a fish out there and as we was leaving, the bird starting following me, and continued to follow me, there’s no way to actually chase him off because he’d turn around and run right back to me. So I put the bird up on my arm and we got in the truck and took him to the house.” Having previously worked for the DNR, Henry knew he was breaking the law saying, “I’m probably going to be in a little bit of trouble, which I understand.” Though Henry believes he made the right choice adding, “I chose to take the punishment over the welfare of the bird.”

Let’s hope, unlike say public school officials, whoever adjudicates Henry’s case can take his motives and treatment of the bird into consideration. He sounds like someone who’d take the $500 fine for the team (Team America) to have successfully kept the eagle alive. Sometimes well-meaning citizens don’t operate in exactly the way whatever bureaucratic wildlife organization would recommend in the same situation, but they should not automatically be in danger of jail time. It’s not like owning a bald eagle is a great boon to one’s finances. In fact, even if it was dead and stuffed long before doing so was illegal, it might cost you $11 million in a fight with the IRS.

This reminds me of a 2011 story in which an 11-year-old Virginia girl rescued a woodpecker from the family cat only to be approached by a Fish & Wildlife agent flanked by an armed state trooper informing them of a court date and a $500 fee:

[The] Capo family stopped at a Lowes in Fredericksburg and they brought the bird inside because of the heat. That’s when they were confronted by a fellow shopper who said she worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“She was really nervous. She was shaking. Then she pulled out a badge,” said Capo.

The problem was that the woodpecker is a protected species under the Federal Migratory Bird Act. Therefore, it is illegal to take or transport a baby woodpecker. The Capo family says they had no idea.

“I was a little bit upset because I didn’t want my mom to get in trouble,” said Skylar.

So as soon as the Capo family returned home, they say they opened the cage, the bird flew away, and they reported it to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“They said that’s great, that’s exactly what we want to see,” said Capo. “We thought that we had done everything that we could possibly do.”

But roughly two weeks later, that same woman from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service showed up at Capo’s front door. This time, Capo says the woman was accompanied by a state trooper. Capo refused to accept a citation, but was later mailed a notice to appear in U.S. District Court for unlawfully taking a migratory bird. She’s also been slapped with a $535 fine.

Good stuff. That same year, Fish & Wildlife went after an Idaho man who shot a grizzly bear in his yard because he was unsure of the location of all of his children at the time, some of which had been playing outside. Jeremy Hill, then 33, immediately notified state authorities of his actions, but was nonetheless slapped with federal charges. The charges were later dropped after public uproar, but the feds extracted $1,000 from Hill, informing him that it was a violation of the Endangered Species Act to have shot the bear a final time once he knew his children were inside the house. I suppose leaving the bear to suffer would have been the path they prescribed?

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho announces that it is dismissing the pending misdemeanor criminal charge against Jeremy Hill for the killing of a grizzly bear on Mr. Hill’s property on May 8, 2011.

Mr. Hill has agreed that, under the applicable provisions of the Endangered Species Act and related Regulations, his actions on May 8, 2011 constituted a violation of one of regulations authorized by the Endangered Species Act, 16 U.S.C. § 1538(a)(1)(G) (stemming from his violation of 50 CFR §§17.40(b)(1)(i)(C)(1) and (2)). These mplementing regulations of the Endangered Species Act prohibit removing nuisance bears, except authhorized by government uthorities. Mr. Hill has been issued a notice of violation and paid a $1,000 fine.

During the course of their investigation, state and federal wildlife officials were unable to establish the location of Mr. Hill’s children when the three grizzly bears were first sighted in the yard, about forty yards from the Hill home. Mr. Hill informed law enforcement that he last saw his children outside playing basketball in front of their home, but that he did not know where his children were when he saw the three grizzly bears near his pig pen. He stated that he was concerned for his children’s welfare. By the time Mr. Hill fired the final shot, he was aware that all of his children and his wife were inside of their house.

On the bright side, if any one of these Americans can somehow argue they are proprietors of a windmill farm, they can pretty much kill all the endangered species they want without consequence.

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No big deal, just oppressive leaders applying the rules however they wish.

Kind of like here.

cozmo on June 19, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Just chop it up with a wind mill. No problem. Might even get some subsidy money.

Mimzey on June 19, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Welcome to the regulatory State. Common sense need not apply.

rbj on June 19, 2013 at 9:28 PM

This tics me royally off. I live with 3 parrots and all winged creatures are magnificent and worthy of humans help.

Without this guy the eagle would have died.

Those fothermucking bureaucrats should be . . .

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Kind of like here.

cozmo on June 19, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Ouch, local costume shops reportedly running out of bunny suits.:)

MontanaMmmm on June 19, 2013 at 9:29 PM

They seek us here,
They seek us there,
They seek to oppress us,
EVERYWHERE!

Scrumpy on June 19, 2013 at 9:29 PM

No big deal, just oppressive leaders applying the rules however they wish.

Kind of like here.

cozmo on June 19, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Convert to liberalism and you can say or do what you like.

kim roy on June 19, 2013 at 9:31 PM

No big deal, just oppressive leaders applying the rules however they wish.

Kind of like here.

cozmo on June 19, 2013 at 9:25 PM

…and the TRUTH!…shall set you FREE!

KOOLAID2 on June 19, 2013 at 9:31 PM

He sounds like someone who’d take the $500 fine for the team (Team America) to have successfully kept the eagle alive.

How do we take up a collection to pay the damn fine?

While we’re at it, let’s collect an extra $30 so we can buy him a shovel. The next time he sees a helpless critter he can just club the damn thing to death and bury it before anyone finds out

BacaDog on June 19, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Vehr are your papers?

viking01 on June 19, 2013 at 9:32 PM

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. — George Orwell, Animal Farm.

ProfShadow on June 19, 2013 at 9:32 PM

So when Obama is shooting skeet….

Electrongod on June 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

I heard about on yahoo. This in summation is is the problem with governmental regulations. Lets trap a beaurocrat in mud and not save him. See how how he likes it

jaywemm on June 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Even worse, they raided his home and found a pop tart chewed into the shape of a bird cage.

The Rogue Tomato on June 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

What’s the name of this new country we now live in?

Oh, and I’m wearing an endangered bunny suit.

http://news.cahnrs.wsu.edu/files/2010/03/pygmy-rabbit-kit.jpg

Fallon on June 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

The rules are what matter to bureaucrats, not motives of those breaking them. They love sticking to the letter of the law while ignoring the spirit of its original intent. Possessing the eagle for a pet is one thing. Restoring it to health to later release it is another.

And, I bet the ‘anonymous caller’ who snitched voted for Obama.

If I were the judge, I’d dismiss the case.

Liam on June 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

So when Obama is shooting skeet….

Electrongod on June 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

…he waits for the blades from the wind turbines…to knock stuff to the ground!

KOOLAID2 on June 19, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Don’t get any ideas cozmo. They would gladly lock your ass up or ban you all together if you try to save the bunny suit.

Bmore on June 19, 2013 at 9:36 PM

…he waits for the blades from the wind turbines…to knock stuff to the ground!

KOOLAID2 on June 19, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Then he cheats…
but..
Claims success anyway..

Electrongod on June 19, 2013 at 9:36 PM

…and the TRUTH!…shall set you FREE!

KOOLAID2 on June 19, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Or get you banned. Unless you are a liberal troll.

cozmo on June 19, 2013 at 9:38 PM

cozmo on June 19, 2013 at 9:38 PM

One of my all time favorite troll comments that Ed let them get away with.

Go find a ditch to die in.
lostmotherland on December 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Bmore on June 19, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Or get you banned. Unless you are a liberal troll.

cozmo on June 19, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Did twerp get banned?

BacaDog on June 19, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Or get you banned. Unless you are a liberal troll.

cozmo on June 19, 2013 at 9:38 PM

I should change my name to..
ElectrongodLib

I could be wild..

Electrongod on June 19, 2013 at 9:43 PM

The bureaucrats would rather the Eagle die than have a private citizen save it.

And kind of like “Freedom”, its almost extinct.

Good thing he didn’t have a NRA shirt on.

PappyD61 on June 19, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Let’s all do the hop.

MontanaMmmm on June 19, 2013 at 9:45 PM

They love sticking to the letter of the law while ignoring the spirit of its original intent.

Liam on June 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

They’re not ignoring it; they’re completely clueless that there even is such a thing.

Cleombrotus on June 19, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Let’s all do the hop.

MontanaMmmm on June 19, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Ni-i-ice…

Fallon on June 19, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Sometimes well-meaning citizens commenters don’t operate in exactly the way whatever bureaucratic wildlife organization PC moderator would recommend in the same situation, but they should not automatically be in danger of jail time being permanently banned. It’s not like owning a bald eagle commenting on Hot Air is a great boon to one’s finances.


FIFY, MKH …

… but don’t worry, one of the Protected Species of Troll will make an appearance soon and the Hot Air staff can congratulate themselves on Freedom of Obscene Expression.

Here is a thought experiment for the Hot Air staff:

If a child of yours said this to someone, what would you do?

You are an idiot. Everyone here knows you are an idiot hence the reason why they do not pay you any attention.

You are better off going back to your previous rants about how your mother loves servicing your trailer park buddies. At least you made some sense back then.

HotAirLib on June 16, 2013 at 2:08 PM

PolAgnostic on June 19, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Did twerp get banned?

BacaDog on June 19, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Yup. It’s pretty hot wearing a bunny suit all day. Your front gets wet and your back gets wet… from the sweat.

Fallon on June 19, 2013 at 9:49 PM

…he waits for the blades from the wind turbines…to knock stuff to the ground!

KOOLAID2 on June 19, 2013 at 9:34 PM

So that’s why he was aiming so low.

James on June 19, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Ok, enough is enough. Somebody stop this carousel, I want to get off.

sybilll on June 19, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Animals, protected. American citizens, not so much.

Paul-Cincy on June 19, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Did twerp get banned?

BacaDog on June 19, 2013 at 9:41 PM

I don’t have any idea. But, I was thinking … declare her an endangered species and no one can touch her. I mean … she IS one of a kind. You have to admit that.

Paul-Cincy on June 19, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Sigh: Indiana man faces possible jail time for nursing bald eagle back to health

But if he was a IT guy…
Would get the peace prize for nursing that NSA server back to health…

Electrongod on June 19, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Fallon on June 19, 2013 at 9:49 PM

ALyT, a wet back?

cozmo on June 19, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Yup. It’s pretty hot wearing a bunny suit all day. Your front gets wet and your back gets wet… from the sweat.

Fallon on June 19, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Please don’t tell us you’re a fan of the slasher film Bunnyman. It’s about a serial who does his thing dressed in…you guessed it. A bunny suit!

Liam on June 19, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Please don’t tell us you’re a fan of the slasher film Bunnyman. It’s about a serial who does his thing dressed in…you guessed it. A bunny suit!

Liam on June 19, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Hmmm… I don’t usually like slasher films but you’ve piqued my interest, lol. This is more my speed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvfXvW2wsuQ&feature=player_embedded

Fallon on June 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM

The BTK killer, numbskull in Wichita, KS, he was an animal control enforcement officer. So now I wonder whenever any kind of animal control officer takes action. I mean, I wonder about their judgment. They have a lot of authority. Do they ever use discretion, or, are they, in effect, animal control ordinance nazis.

Paul-Cincy on June 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Did twerp get banned?

BacaDog on June 19, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Apparently so and perhaps she didn’t even realize what she typed was verbotenspeak. I didn’t. It may be a harsh term but so is gangrene.

Back in the days of the threads on Obama’s obviously fake birth certificate I did several posts on the absurdity of any legitimate doctor actually listing “African” as a “race.” So I’d list the usual cold, hard scientific classifications of Caucasoid, ****oid, Mongoloid, and the para-classifications of Capoid and Australoid… and then thinking WTF as I watched those posts filtered into oblivion. That is, until I noticed that certain word was forbidden.

Good thing their isn’t a discussion of the way Cubans prepares their beans (frijoles *****s) or the entire thread would be filtered away.

viking01 on June 19, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Oh, I have lots of these.

MontanaMmmm on June 19, 2013 at 10:05 PM

If you own a windmill farm, it’s like having a limitless hunting license for bald eagles. I bet they taste like chicken.

theCork on June 19, 2013 at 10:07 PM

What’s with the bunnies?

philoquin on June 19, 2013 at 10:09 PM

What’s with the bunnies?

philoquin on June 19, 2013 at 10:09 PM

You would have to know twerp.

Barred on June 19, 2013 at 10:12 PM

The BTK killer, numbskull in Wichita, KS, he was an animal control enforcement officer. So now I wonder whenever any kind of animal control officer takes action. I mean, I wonder about their judgment. They have a lot of authority. Do they ever use discretion, or, are they, in effect, animal control ordinance nazis.

Paul-Cincy on June 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM

.
Like Hot air staff, all of their judgements are arbitrary and biased to protect their own prejudices.

I live out in the country. The local vet is country vet. She charges country prices for caring for our animals – about 1/4 to 1/3 of what the vets in the city and suburbs charge.

She has also been known not to charge someone who lost a pet despite the best efforts of everyone involved. In our case, she had one of our dogs in her practice for a week trying to save her but she couldn’t. I asked how much I owed when I picked up the body, the answer?

“Nothing.”

When was the last time you heard of someone doing something like that?

This same vet was given two fawns by the local fire department when their mother was killed by a car in front of the fire station.

The local DNR officer heard about it, showed up at her office and demanded the fawns be turned over to him.

When she stated she would take care of the fawns, he replied

“If you don’t turn them over to me right now, I am calling the capitol and your veterinarian’s license will be revoked by this afternoon.”

So she handed over the fawns.

And the DNR brownshirt takes them out to his pickup, ties them to the bumper and is proceeding to draw his weapon to kill the fawns right there.

The vet came out, stopped him and euthanized both fawns with an injection.

Small people pumped up by their own perceived power and arrogancethey are some of the nastiest POS’s you will ever come across.

PolAgnostic on June 19, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Oh, I have lots of these.

MontanaMmmm on June 19, 2013 at 10:05 PM

LOL… I couldn’t watch it. That movie scares me, even with bunnies.

Fallon on June 19, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Are we still a “free country”?

By the way, whoever produced the video is a puerile idiot.

rrpjr on June 19, 2013 at 10:25 PM

OK folks, the key words here are 1) Shoot, 2) Shovel, 3) Shut up. Or, in the case of saving something, get it out of the public, don’t let anyone see what you are doing, and keep quiet about it. The government cannot be trusted, people in the government cannot be trusted, people who live close to you who love the government cannot be trusted.

Punishing those who do good is another Bolshevik tactic as is making doing good deeds an illegal act.

AZfederalist on June 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM

If you see something, say something nothing.

diogenes on June 19, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Convert to liberalism and you can say or do what you like.

kim roy on June 19, 2013 at 9:31 PM

I would rather stick needles in my eyes.

ghostwalker1 on June 19, 2013 at 10:50 PM

PolAgnostic on June 19, 2013 at 10:18 PM

You gotta be kidding me. Then again, no, you’re not.

Cleombrotus on June 19, 2013 at 10:52 PM

The solution is easy, just take this dumb redneck and his stupid bird outside and use a luger on them both. Problem solved.
-the left

Are we still a “free country”?

The answer to that should be pretty much obvious to everyone at this point brother…

Fett on June 19, 2013 at 10:53 PM

This

OK folks, the key words here are 1) Shoot, 2) Shovel, 3) Shut up. Or, in the case of saving something, get it out of the public, don’t let anyone see what you are doing, and keep quiet about it. The government cannot be trusted, people in the government cannot be trusted, people who live close to you who love the government cannot be trusted.

And this

If you see something,If you see something, say something nothing.

Who are you guys, Yoda?

Fett on June 19, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Back in 1983 I delivered a boat from Newport OR to Ketchikan AK. Along the coast all the way up I saw a staggering number of Bald Eagles and thought at the time it seemed odd that a bird that appeared so plentiful was considered endangered.

After arrival in Ketchikan, I spent the summer skippering, piloting (Got my seaplane rating up there) and of course, fishing. We had to compete with the Bald’s for salmon. They’re productive anglers.

While fishing one morning, we watched a bald that was nested on a small island glide down to grab a fish. Instead of grabbing the fish with it’s talon, it hit the water and immediately nosed over, splashing into the water. It appeared to struggle and splashed around for a few minutes. I mentioned something about rescuing it to the boat’s owner and he said absolutely not. It was illegal to even touch the bird and the tribal police in the area were serious about it.

I kept the binoculars handy, checking on the bird from time to time and over the next hour or so, the bird finally made it back onto the rocks of the island, which were about 200 yards away. I was relieved. But the interesting part was it still had the fish, a salmon. Apparently, the fish was too heavy for the eagle to snatch, grab and take-off again. But he remained committed and eventually took that fish up, piece by piece, to the nest above.

I suppose there’s a lesson here in persistence that watching this event play out had for me.

av8tr on June 19, 2013 at 11:10 PM

PolAgnostic on June 19, 2013 at 10:18 PM

D@mn that makes me want to cry, as much for the baby deer as for the complete dearth of humanity among the law enforcers.

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 11:15 PM

And people say we don’t need the Second Amendment to protect us from government?

Warner Todd Huston on June 19, 2013 at 11:19 PM

It’s too bad that this man didn’t run a wind farm for electricity because the US gov. allows them to kill eagles without any penalty because it is a green thing that Obama likes. Stories like this always remind of the kids in school,the hall monitors, who could not understand the nuance of a rule and treated all infractions the same. Now that same group works for the government.

inspectorudy on June 19, 2013 at 11:21 PM

A family in my hometown here in Indiana was facing jail time for saving a fawn then allowing it to stay on their property. Ridiculous.

Oink on June 19, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Some guy in Louisiana was given a jail term for shooting a deer from a boat. Apparently that too is a crime.

It really is 1984, isn’t it?

PattyJ on June 19, 2013 at 11:55 PM

PolAgnostic on June 19, 2013 at 10:18 PM

D@mn that makes me want to cry, as much for the baby deer as for the complete dearth of humanity among the law enforcers.

wyntre9 on June 19, 2013 at 11:15 PM

This. [shaking my head sadly]

I despise these kinds of people: little, inadequate personalities who when given a badge or certification immediately trade their humanity for power. They’re usually too stupid to realize how badly it cheapens them.

PatriotGal2257 on June 20, 2013 at 12:21 AM

The vet came out, stopped him and euthanized both fawns with an injection.

PolAgnostic on June 19, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Ya see there’s the real problem right there. She should have stuck the needle in the DNR officer’s butt and euthanized him.

Oldnuke on June 20, 2013 at 12:21 AM

A good description of the new federal agent in Wildlife from 1984:

“He was a fattish but active man of paralyzing stupidity, a mass of imbecile enthusiasms-one of those completely unquestioning, devoted drudges on whom, more even than on the thought police, the stability of the Party depended.”

PattyJ on June 20, 2013 at 1:07 AM

A red-tailed hawk flew into my car window on a state highway a few years ago (chasing something and miscalculated, I guess) and it fell stunned, or dead (who knew) onto the middle of the passing lane. I pulled to the road’s shoulder- watching two cars drive right over the inert bird …without hitting or squashing it- as I backed up.

I put on a pair of heavy leather workgloves, got out of my vehicle and waited- as a third car drove obliviously right over top of the motionless hawk in the road- then trotted out to snag the bird and take it to my car. It was still alive, but I couldn’t tell if its neck was broken, or a wing, or what, so I drove to an exit where I knew there was a veterinarian.

On the way, the hawk woke up and looked at me as I held it down on the passenger seat with one gloved hand. I pulled into the vet’s lot and secured the hawk with both hands and carried it into the clinic.

The vet refused to look at it. She wouldn’t say why. I said thanks for all the help and walked outside. The hawk was perking up and glaring at me by this point, so I jogged across the road to a cornfield and held the bird up, loosened my grip, and threw it up into the air… and it took off.

It flew calmly and steadily into the sky, circled over my head, then headed back west toward where I found it.


Arrest me, government flunkies.

profitsbeard on June 20, 2013 at 4:09 AM

“He was a fattish but active man of paralyzing stupidity, a mass of imbecile enthusiasms-one of those completely unquestioning, devoted drudges on whom, more even than on the thought police, the stability of the Party depended.”

PattyJ on June 20, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Huh. And Biden was only 6 when the book was written.

bigmacdaddy on June 20, 2013 at 6:42 AM

You’all are missing the point.

Eagle is a delicacy in Kenya. The ruling elite get first dibs on dead and dying eagles. Can’t have some wannabe animal lover spoiling mcgillas plans for his beloved hubby.

Why do you think they’ve put up so many windmills?

acyl72 on June 20, 2013 at 7:09 AM

profitsbeard on June 20, 2013 at 4:09 AM

My kind of man.

Vets can’t treat wild animals……against the law.

Personally, I’ve raised more than a few wildlings and then released them.

avagreen on June 20, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Just one more cost of letting the left create our gods. Everything they do is designed to destroy rational thought, truth, goodness, and above all personal freedom.

Our environment and its creatures are no longer man’s God-given resource to use and care for (that true stewardship thing) but have been perverted into weapons to be used against us. Eco-worship is but one of the left’s potent weapons.

Don L on June 20, 2013 at 7:58 AM

don’t let anyone see what you are doing, and keep quiet about it. The government cannot be trusted, people in the government cannot be trusted, people who live close to you who love the government cannot be trusted.

AZfederalist on June 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Psstt; think drones, Google, and the IRS, NSA and you’ll realize that they already are watching what you are doing.
Say hi to the nice camera!

Don L on June 20, 2013 at 8:02 AM

profitsbeard on June 20, 2013 at 4:09 AM

Let me amend my statement: Vets can treat if they have the special training to do so. Few do.
http://www.televets.com/articles/other/helping-injured-wild-animals-ethics-and-legality.html

Also, wanted to come back and heap abuse upon the nosey ninny that turned this guy in.

avagreen on June 20, 2013 at 8:11 AM

What a beautifully symbolic story to demonstrate why the government needs a starvation diet and a corrosive enema.

ElectricPhase on June 20, 2013 at 8:18 AM

The “eagle saver” deserves a medal, not a “speeding ticket”…

Khun Joe on June 20, 2013 at 9:05 AM

What’s the name of this new country we now live in?

Oh, and I’m wearing an endangered bunny suit.

http://news.cahnrs.wsu.edu/files/2010/03/pygmy-rabbit-kit.jpg

Fallon on June 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Oh thank God for the picture.
My cat Max killed a nice sized bunny this morning and brought it home to share and it is not the same kind.

Freaked my wife out though (poor bunny).

mechkiller_k on June 20, 2013 at 9:17 AM

The rules are what matter to bureaucrats, not motives of those breaking them. They love sticking to the letter of the law while ignoring the spirit of its original intent. Possessing the eagle for a pet is one thing. Restoring it to health to later release it is another.

Liam on June 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Ironically, when *they* act, the intent is all that matters. As long as their intentions are good, the outcome is often irrelevant. Yes, the mind of a progressive is astoundingly complex……

And, yes, this is stupid. It is yet more elitism on the part of progressives – you’re not smart enough to handle that injured critter. If you take it to a licensed animal rescue facility, then they can take care of it. There was a day when you could do hawking/falconry – not any more. One more bit of freedom and enjoyment sucked down the drain by elitist bureaucratic a-holes. In my perfect world, I could launch my falcon from my left arm, while holding my 128oz soda cup in my right, all while spinning blurringly fast on a merry-go-round without wearing a helmet.

GWB on June 20, 2013 at 9:17 AM

OK, actually, in my perfect world, I would be launching a golden eagle to go hunt liberals as they ran across the open meadow. Then I would hunt the rest with my Biden model double-barrel shotgun and my dogs.

GWB on June 20, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Arrest me, government flunkies.

profitsbeard on June 20, 2013 at 4:09 AM

My son saw one get hit by a car right down the street from our house. He went and rescued it and then the fights began because I said he was stupid to have even touched it. We are bird lovers and have had some sort of parrot and other birds for the last 30 years so he felt obligated to help it. Its wing was broken and my thought was to just put it back out on the street. He called the town’s animal rescue and we then spent an hour trying not to get arrested and fined. We eventually convinced the officer that we found the bird in the front yard and put it in the cardboard box to keep it safe from the dog next door. Lucky she was also a bird lover and the parrot on my son’s shoulder convinced her we had touched the hawk because we were concerned for it. She took it away and we never heard anything about it. That experience convinced my son to never rescue another hawk again.

An OT but funny story. One day my wife was sitting outside drinking her coffee when a large chunk of dead animal splatted down right beside her. She said she look up and saw a hawk circling her and being harassed by smaller birds. She suspects the hawk must have lost hold of its lunch.

Dr. Frank Enstine on June 20, 2013 at 9:28 AM

“We the People” have allowed political correctness to replace common sense, Voter apathy as given us a government run amok and only we can fix this problem.

savage24 on June 20, 2013 at 10:27 AM

We have allowed ourselves to be saddled with a gigantic army of bureaucrats who have to find some way to justify their jobs, and it’s killing us.

RebeccaH on June 20, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Reminds me of the joke about the guy who had fallen 200 feet and was saved by the nest of another endangered species-a California Condor or basically a vulture.

Anyway when rescued, the Fish and Wild life pansies found he had eaten the Condor and issued a citation on the spot.

The Judge was compassionate and released him on the grounds of logic; he needed to survive.

Just before leaving the courtroom the judge asked what the Condor tasted like. The accused hiker responded. Your Honor, truthfully just like a cross between a bald eagle and spotted owl.

MSGTAS on June 20, 2013 at 1:51 PM

What? Is he not aware of the Prime Directive?

hawkeye54 on June 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM

There is an interesting article today on mises.org that talks about bureaucracy being the read to serfdom. That is exactly what is happening in each of these examples. The intent was to help the animal and likely save its life. What the bureaucracy teaches, however, is let it die. I am sure they would object, but that is the result.

RickCaird on June 21, 2013 at 8:57 AM