There is an old and somewhat cynical saying which maintains that no good deed will go unpunished.
When it comes to government rules and regulations, this saying is far closer to realism than to cynicism.
According to Opposing Views, a hiker in Alaska who did a good deed for a trapped and injured animal is now facing fines and jail time for her actions.
Kathleen Adair, who lives in Juneau, Alaska, was hiking along a trail on Christmas Eve last year, when she came across a bald eagle caught in a trap along the trail.
Adair knew she needed to notify the Juneau Raptor Center about the bird, but realizing that darkness was rapidly approaching, she worried that the rescue center wouldn’t be able to reach the bird in time, and it wouldn’t survive the night stuck in the trap.
Doing the only humane thing that could be done, Adair documented the situation with photographs and made note of the GPS coordinates of the trap. She then freed the eagle from the large spring traps that held it.
“I knew at the time that the eagle didn’t have a very good chance. I knew if I left it there all night, it would have had a worse chance of surviving,” Adair said. “But even as it was, I could tell one of the legs was just dangling, just completely broken and I knew they wouldn’t be able to fix that, but I was hoping they could at least fix the other and keep it as an educational bird.”
In the process, Adair noticed another smaller trap nearby, and sprung it, as she worried one of her three dogs might accidentally get caught in it.
Adair then took the injured eagle to a volunteer, along with her pictures, and was told that the Raptor Center would notify the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Sadly, the injured eagle could not be saved, and was euthanized by a veterinarian in Juneau.
A few days later, while Adair was leading a group of hikers along the same trail, she came across another large spring trap along the path. Despite it being illegal to tamper with traps, Adair sprung the trap, as it posed a risk to her fellow hikers and innocent animals, like other eagles or her dogs.
However, the police had received an anonymous complaint from a trapper that his traps were being tampered with. Because of Adair’s actions, she was cited for the offense of tampering with legal traps.
She will ultimately face a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail for her “crime” of freeing a protected bald eagle from a trap, and for protecting innocent hikers and animals from a dangerous trap placed alongside a heavily-traveled path.
When we complain about too many laws and government getting out of control, this is exactly the type of thing that we are talking about.
As stated at the beginning, no good deed goes unpunished, especially when government gets involved.
—Courtesy of The Conservative Tribune