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Vicky Carder

It's the Law, Part One

Posted Saturday, September 8, 2012, at 8:27 AM
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  • So... while we were caring for Brandon (bluejay)even though as soon as he could fly we taught him to catch his own food AND he was free to come and go as he pleased, we could have been tapped.

    I understand that this is often not the case but falls into the cases where people capture and imprison otherwise healthy birds & animals and do have intentions of releasing to the wild.

    Being in possession of a bird of prey feather suggests that the feather was acquired in a less than chance encounter. Someone caught or shot the bird and is selling the feathers but does the TRWA do some research before they slap the cuffs on or is it an automatic arrest and fine?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Sep 9, 2012, at 9:03 PM
  • In the case of bird of prey feathers, it was likely intended mostly to prevent people from shooting these birds. However, it does extend to actually finding a molted feather as well. People are fascinated with birds of prey and the officials don't want any activity that might promote the illegal taking of feathers. For instance, if someone who is facinated with Indian culture found one feather, he/she might get the idea to make an entire headdress. And with birds of prey it would not stop with the state, but might actually be deferred to the federal level.

    I hope that no one reading this thinks I am trying to paint TWRA or U.S.F&W as the gestapo - I am merely pointing out that they have the legal right to take such actions. These agents love wildlife and work very hard for modest salaries.

    Do they investigate each case before taking action? Absolutely - they want to make sure they have correct information so that if the case were going to court they would have their ducks in a row - bad pun intended!

    -- Posted by wildwoman on Mon, Sep 10, 2012, at 8:14 AM
  • Instead of an indictment on the TWRA, it is probably one on us by recognizing our tendency to devalue wildlife for the sake of something we want.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Sep 10, 2012, at 5:24 PM
  • Steve - I could not have said it any better...

    -- Posted by wildwoman on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 8:18 AM
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