Sunday, July 5, 2015

Woman takes "Finch-gate" protest to Game Commission doorstep

A woman whose pet finch was seized by the Pennsylvania Game Commission last month took her protest to the agency's Harrisburg headquarters today.

Woman takes "Finch-gate" protest to Game Commission doorstep

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Photo: Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

A woman whose pet finch was seized by the Pennsylvania Game Commission last month took her protest to the agency's Harrisburg headquarters today.

Patti Mattrick told commission board that game wardens verbally abused her, lied to her and threatened her when they removed the finch she had rescued four years earlier, saying she not a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, according to a report in the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal.

Game wardens appeared at her Elizabethtown door after being alerted to a story in the Lancaster paper about the bird's rescue.

Several of her supporters carrying protest signs told the commission that the game commission of being tyranical and "armed bullies."

Initially, game commission officials refused to explain their actions to Mattrick or the Lancaster Intelligencer reporter who wrote the story. It took the intervention of state Sen. Michael Brubaker (R., Lancaster) to find out whether the bird was still alive. The commission said the bird was taken to a rehabilitator.

But Mattrick she hasn't heard from the Game Commission since the day the bird was seized.

"I'd like to be able to see her and say good-bye," she told the Intelligencer. "They've lied a lot."

 

 

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