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Should New York kill its large population of mute swans?

  • The Mute Swans need to be controlled

    Mute Swans are an invasive English species that destroys ecosystems killing fish, amphibians, and preventing waterfowl from breeding, namely our beautiful Trumpeter swan which compete for breeding sites with Mute swans which are bigger and more aggressive:

    "How do mute swans endanger native wildlife species?

    Mute swans are one of the world's most aggressive waterfowl species, especially during nesting and brood-rearing. Mute swans exhibit aggression toward other waterfowl and can displace native waterfowl from their nesting and feeding areas by attacking, injuring and even killing other birds.

    In Michigan, of particular concern are native breeding waterfowl and water birds such as trumpeter swans (state threatened), Canada geese, ducks, common loons (state threatened) and black terns (state special concern).

    Mute swans feed primarily on water plants. By feeding heavily on this food source, mute swans reduce the availability of these plants to native wildlife, and may ultimately reduce the carrying capacity of wetlands for native wildlife species including birds, mammals, amphibians and fish.

    Wildlife biologists have concern over the declining numbers of native duck species such as canvasbacks and scaup. These diving ducks feed on particular aquatic plants and are negatively impacted when mute swans reduce or eliminate this food source."

    -Michigan DNR

    Mute swans are also a danger to humans (I don't like this argument because I'm a huge carnivore conservation advocate, but let's face it this article shows swans are officially more dangerous than wolves!):

    http://abcnews.Go.Com/blogs/headlines/2012/04/killer-swan-blamed-for-mans-drowning/



    Why Mute Swans are a problem:
    https://www.Michigan.Gov/documents/dnr/MuteSwanFacts_final_366761_7.Pdf
    http://www.Dnr.State.Md.Us/dnrnews/infocus/muteswanfacts.Html
    http://www.Dnr.State.Oh.Us/Home/wild_resourcessubhomepage/dealing_with_wildlifeplaceholder/terrestrialnuisancewildlife/MuteSwanActionPlan/tabid/22967/Default.Aspx
    http://dnr.Wi.Gov/files/pdf/pubs/wm/wm0473.Pdf
    http://www.Dec.Ny.Gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/muteswanreport.Pdf
    http://www.Dgif.Virginia.Gov/wildlife/waterfowl/mute-swan/management-plan/virginia-mute-swan-management-plan.Pdf

    Every life should be considered sacred, but when one life takes the lives of many, where is the line drawn?

  • Swans are an invasive species that threaten our native land.

    Mute Swans are an invasive English species that destroys ecosystems killing fish, amphibians, and preventing waterfowl from breeding, namely our beautiful Trumpeter swan which compete for breeding sites with Mute swans which are bigger and more aggressive:

    "How do mute swans endanger native wildlife species?

    Mute swans are one of the world's most aggressive waterfowl species, especially during nesting and brood-rearing. Mute swans exhibit aggression toward other waterfowl and can displace native waterfowl from their nesting and feeding areas by attacking, injuring and even killing other birds.

    In Michigan, of particular concern are native breeding waterfowl and water birds such as trumpeter swans (state threatened), Canada geese, ducks, common loons (state threatened) and black terns (state special concern).

    Mute swans feed primarily on water plants. By feeding heavily on this food source, mute swans reduce the availability of these plants to native wildlife, and may ultimately reduce the carrying capacity of wetlands for native wildlife species including birds, mammals, amphibians and fish.

    Wildlife biologists have concern over the declining numbers of native duck species such as canvasbacks and scaup. These diving ducks feed on particular aquatic plants and are negatively impacted when mute swans reduce or eliminate this food source."

    -Michigan DNR

    Mute swans are also a danger to humans (I don't like this argument because I'm a huge carnivore conservation advocate, but let's face it this article shows swans are officially more dangerous than wolves!):

    http://abcnews.Go.Com/blogs/headlines/2012/04/killer-swan-blamed-for-mans-drowning/



    Why Mute Swans are a problem:
    https://www.Michigan.Gov/documents/dnr/MuteSwanFacts_final_366761_7.Pdf
    http://www.Dnr.State.Md.Us/dnrnews/infocus/muteswanfacts.Html
    http://www.Dnr.State.Oh.Us/Home/wild_resourcessubhomepage/dealing_with_wildlifeplaceholder/terrestrialnuisancewildlife/MuteSwanActionPlan/tabid/22967/Default.Aspx
    http://dnr.Wi.Gov/files/pdf/pubs/wm/wm0473.Pdf
    http://www.Dec.Ny.Gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/muteswanreport.Pdf
    http://www.Dgif.Virginia.Gov/wildlife/waterfowl/mute-swan/management-plan/virginia-mute-swan-management-plan.Pdf

  • Should mute swans and all other species of animals kill the large population of humans?

    Now think about it that way... Humans are not the only beings on this planet and should not play god. We are not superior to other species and we do not have the right to cull or kill other creatures in order to make room for us. We SHARE this planet not OWN it.

  • No it shouldn't

    No I do not think that New York should kill its large population of mute swans. I think that to kill these mute swans, it would be very inhumane. I don't think that it is ok to kill innocent animals. It is wrong. I think there are better ways of dealing with the over population.

  • New York Shouldn't Massacre Swans

    Without a doubt, New York shouldn't massacre its large population of mute swans. These animals deserve to live and don't necessarily pose a huge problem for the state. Swans could be relocated or simply have their numbers thinned out, but the state doesn't need to kill a large number of these animals.

  • They should not.

    New York should not kill its large population of mute swans. There is no reason that New York, or any other city should be killing a large population of animals. This is not humane, and it should never ever be tolerated by anyone who has any type of a moral compass.

  • That's animal cruelty.

    New York should not kill its large population of mute swans. If they decide to kill them, that is animal cruelty. The animals should be moved out of the area and a refuge could be created in another state where swans can live but there may not be many swans there.

  • New York should not kill its large population of mute swans.

    There is no reason that New York should kill innocent swans. Even if the population is out of control, there are ways that wildlife officials can control it. Swans can be rellocated or they can be steralized so that they cannot reproduce anymore. There is no reason to kill these majestic animals.

  • Science and history of the Mute swan discredits DEC decision

    Use of erroneous Delaware study. Environmental factors deemed responsible for adverse effects on other native species in Chesapeake Bay. Stopping the destruction of environment by controlling agricultural waste would be more effective.
    Natural decline of population in NYS over two years.
    Overall NYS population well under state averages.
    This is not the will of the people of NYS.

  • Cited science is misapplied and mischaracterized.

    I've read the Management Plan, the Swift 2013 study, the Gayet 2013 literature review, key studies, and the many hundreds of comments filed electronically at the DEC. Gayet points out the studies showing that the ponds with a territorial pair actually had MORE waterfowl, not less. In particular, the DEC's favoring of the bigger eating, bigger pooping trumpeter swan, which first began breeding in NY a full century after the mute swan, is "arbitrary and capricious" on its face. The DEC plan to kill the swans I know will not withstand legal challenge.

  • NY should not kill mute swans.

    These beautiful, majestic birds should not be killed;due to the fact that these birds have not only been here for 150 years (and counting) , but the environmental problems NY faces is caused by the carelessness of the population living within the state. Also, these birds have adapted to survive in our eco-system. They have planted themselves within our eco-stsystem and killing them will only cause the problems to increase, and become worse.


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