God I love the Feds, they can make the most harmless acts illegal and accompanied by huge fines.
Did the Fish and Wildlife Service actually think that they would need all of those people to arrest one woman? Or is bringing that many agents just standard procedure regardless of the perceived threat?
It has sadly become standard procedure for many agencies and police departments to come with overwhelming force. Early in the morning is good, too. The idea is to make the target not even want to consider resisting, so all goes smoothly and nobody gets hurt. (In real life, however, people sometimes do get hurt. Or killed.)
For a fascinating read on this and related trends in law enforcement over the past few decades, I heartily recommend Radley Balko’s excellent “Rise of the Warrior Cop.”
Have there actually been any arrests/indictments/convictions in the scenario described? The closest thing I could find was:
Yup. There was a guy who found bird parts in the woods (apparently the remnants of an attack from another bird) and got prosecuted for it. And others. I referred to the agency’s enforcement manual when writing that, btw, and this was actually something they were instructed to do. Probably still is.