A little girl rescued a baby woodpecker from being injured by her cat in Virginia.
But under the Federal Migratory Bird Act, it is a crime to take or transport a woodpecker. So not letting the woodpecker die resulted in a federal employee and a state trooper spending their time chasing after an 11-year-old girl and her mother.
That is, until another government employee with some common sense and an eye for a public relations nightmare in the making put a stop to things.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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