Watch a video, posted below, of the crow pictured above, who was confiscated by a Vermont U.S. Fish & Wildlife game warden.
Note the damage to the crow's tail feathers in the above photo, and her overall shaggy appearance.
The game warden has pressed charges against the couple, which may result in a fine and a loss of hunting, fishing and trapping permits for one year.
But the biggest loss is for this young crow, who did not have the chance to grow up in her natural environment, where she could have learned best from her parents. We have high hopes for this bird, however, as we've taken in human-raised birds in the past (including a raven), and successfully released them to the wild. We'll just have to be sure we can "wild" her up, and perhaps pair her up with another crow or two so she can figure out that she is a crow herself. Read about a similar situation regarding a raven who was habituated to humans, but was successfully rehabilitated at VINS and returned to the wild.
As for now, we are feeding the crow a balanced diet, and are pleased to see her putting on weight. We eagerly await the proper regrowth of her beautiful, black feathers.
* You may notice some blog entries have a specific gender associated with the bird being profiled. While in some cases you can tell visually what sex the bird is, in many cases you cannot: only a blood test can truly confirm whether some birds are male or female. Crows are such birds. I, however, prefer to call animals he or she rather than "it" - so I ocassionally "assign" a gender to them if the bird's sex is not clear.