We’ve been getting a lot of questions and comments about a recent incident where the Service inadvertently issued a citation in Fredericksburg, Virginia. For more information about what happened, head to our Northeast Region website.
We apologize to the Capo family for the actions of our law enforcement agents. We appreciate the family's efforts to do the right thing for the woodpecker and commend them for releasing the bird once contacted by our law enforcement agents. We recognize that caring individuals like the Capos want to help injured and abandoned wildlife.
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. Our Director Dan Ashe is attempting to reach the family to personally offer an apology on behalf of the agency.
Once again, we apologize to the Capo family. Please know that we are correcting the error and the Capo Family should disregard the citation.