So as soon as the Capo family returned home, they say they opened the cage, the bird flew away, and they reported it to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"They said that's great, that's exactly what we want to see," said Capo. "We thought that we had done everything that we could possibly do."
But roughly two weeks later, that same woman from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service showed up at Capo's front door. This time, Capo says the woman was accompanied by a state trooper. Capo refused to accept a citation, but was later mailed a notice to appear in U.S. District Court for unlawfully taking a migratory bird. She's also been slapped with a $535 fine.
That wasn't good enough, for the authority later showed up at Capo's door, with a state trooper, and attempted to give Capo a citation, which was refused, but she later received one in the mail. The agency later rescinded the citation and presumably, all charges are dropped. It's not clear from the article if that means Capo didn't have to pay the fine, but I think she did have to.