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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. 
Jill Lorenz January 19, 2014 at 05:34 PM
That is a horrible plan!!!! I cant even think of what to write without cussing!!!!
Shape Makermann January 20, 2014 at 07:12 AM
Kill or enslave? Written so non-chalantly .If we treat animals this way there is a false self society. Extermination by the administration . Deer are on the radar as well . Their estimated Long Island population well overblown . In my opinion to falsely alarm us that this action is a necessity, There is an alterior motive in my opinion. If these two inhumane actions are implemented, it will be quick ,humane and painless!!!!!!!!! Helicopters ,spotlights a just operation. Its like the criminals that we hunt down and put them in cages no rehabilitation no chance of them glimpsing their inner child that had immense trauma and out of excrutiating pain had to create this false self. It starts with parents. What a price to pay to spend a life either zombified , power driven, searching lifetimes for that lost self, or sadly premature passing with no glimpse of reality.. I believe a fraction of a fraction of our species experience true perception of reality. This cruel bulldozing of the aliveness around us says that we no longer know ourselves or others. The Swans are easier targets how ironic Mute Swans , a great object to have or kill . Loving our complete being washes away seperatness.
Faustina January 24, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Is Shape Makermann suggesting that deer have consciousness, the ability to make moral choices and reflect; and are capable of understanding their destructiveness? That they can be rehabilitated or any version of that? Are we to wait until deer glimpse their inner child? That would be Bambi again. Grow up. Nature cannot be portrayed in a cartoon.
barbara ann rickus January 29, 2014 at 02:03 AM
THIS IS BEYOND BARBARIC!!!! ALL THE HUMANS DO IS KILL DONT KNOW HOW TO BE HUMANE! WILL THESE HORRORS WHEN ALL WILDLIFE IS SLAUGHTERED!!!! THIS IS DISGUSTING, CRUEL, INHUMANE AND BARBARIC..SHAME ON ALL SICK PEOPLE INVOLVED!!!!!
Kristine Gammon January 29, 2014 at 09:54 AM
want to thin them out by relocating is more appropriate
grace lopez February 21, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Swans of a different color...attack animals? Who's kidding who? We should all be so lucky. http://www.care2.com/causes/daily-cute-black-swans-go-surfing-in-australia.html

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