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State Plans to Kill or Capture All Mute Swans

Plan calls for complete New York removal by 2025.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
State officials plan to eliminate all of the wild mute swans in New York, either by capturing or killing them. 

Under the proposed plan, adult swans in public waters could be shot or euthanized, or they could be caught by those licensed to keep them in captivity.

Mute swans are most prevalent on Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley.

"Mute swans can cause a variety of problems, including exhibiting aggressive behavior towards people, destruction of submerged aquatic vegetation, displacement of native wildlife species, degradation of water quality and potential hazards to aviation," Department of Environmental Conversation representatives said.

This plan aims at eliminating mute swans from New York State by 2025, while allowing ownership of some of these birds in captivity.

Comments on the draft mute swan plan may be submitted in writing through Jan. 31 to: NYSDEC Bureau of Wildlife, Swan Management Plan, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754 or by e-mail to fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us (please type "Swan Plan" in the subject line).

For more on this plan, click here.

What are your thoughts on the plan to eliminate all the mute swans? Tell us in the comments section below. 
Patchogue Snoop January 20, 2014 at 05:20 PM
I think the libs on this site are trying to do just that! LOL
Patchogue Snoop January 20, 2014 at 05:24 PM
So to save a swan we are talking about destruction of the human race......heavy man...heavy I guess since Swans are pretty, they live for Linda. The poor grey squirrel is just a rat with a fluffy tail....so they die....really heavy man...really heavy.
Dennis Barone January 20, 2014 at 06:09 PM
Here's where we sort of agree...all animals are sacred to this planet...anything that lives on Long Island, even the squirrels should be left alone. There are owls and foxes that probably do as much damage as the swans. Should they be destroyed also? Where do we stop? Raccoons are annoying, so are opossum and the list goes on. I certainly am not a lib, pinko left winger. Animal life is sacred unless it attacks you and then that animal or person for that matter should go...
Patchogue Snoop January 21, 2014 at 09:36 AM
True. I was bit by a swan working on my boat once. Hitler used them in place of watch dogs. I side with our indigenous species. The ducks need a break, it seems they are on the comeback. Rather have native species than those swans. Fox and owls are part of the original ecosystem and by nature are designed to weed out the weak, not gobble wild duck eggs and young ducks in their nests then take it over. PS My friend has been trapping fox for certain towns for decades.....shhhhh. Yes, they eat a lot of eggs but again they are natural local predators. I just laugh at the hypocrisy, it is everyone's right to have an opinion, this is America. But some will kill certain wild animals because they don't like them in their world but protect others just cause they are cute.....
Tommy Noble February 12, 2014 at 04:50 PM


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