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Stripped by the Feds

by Randy Allen

The federal government accused a 6-year-old of plagiarism and stripped her of her victory in this year’s national Junior Duck Stamp contest.

The Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest allows kids to articulate their knowledge of wildlife by drawing, painting or sketching a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which runs the annual contest, says that by first tracing the outlines of her duck from one of her father’s unpublished photos before painting it she violated the rules.

The father was peeved. He says, “Between my daughter crying and my wife crying, it’s been a nightmare,”

** After a flood of tears and complaints, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website announced that after careful reconsideration, it will reinstate 6-year-old Madison Grimm of Burbank, S.D., as the winner of the 2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest.