Ask the Swan Specialist
Date: 11 May 2017
We feel for you. Unfortunately, all the information that the Michigan DNR and other state and federal wildlife officials have been saying about the Mute Swans are downright false. The swans are native as fossils in North America of a Mute Swan ancestor have been found and the species is not invasive, rather a sentinel species indicating the presence of heavy metals and harmful microorganisms in the habitat.
The reason that the wildlife officials have blatantly provided such misinformation is to have the general public buy into their taxpayer hoax. They are spending taxpayer money ($125,000 minimum each year, not including staff and equipment as stated by a Michigan DNR official at the 2014 International Swan Symposium, as well as stating that there has never been any nor do they have any scientific research regarding invasiveness, aggressiveness, etc., and even though the program has been continuing at taxpayer cost for the last 10-15 years and to continue into 2030, it is a non-sustainable program) to kill the Mute Swans and introduce the larger Trumpeter Swans for Trophy Waterfowl Hunting purposes. This is the reason that the Mute Swans are being killed. Totally eradicate an entire species so that a larger species can be introduced for hunting purposes to increase the DNR's coffers. (Everything that has been stated in this email can and has been backed up with documentation from the DNR and other entities). On another note, once the Trumpeter Swans are introduced into ponds and lakes, it will be virtually impossible to remove them, boat or fish in the area as they are protected under the false wildlife conservation plan, the birds are much more territorial and will inadvertently injure or kill other waterfowl/wildlife, displace other waterfowl/wildlife and pose potential serious injury to anyone that may enter their nest/territory. These are the facts that the Michigan DNR is failing to admit to the general taxpaying public. However, once people complain, then the DNR will issue a permit (hunting), receive money to kill a nuisance Trumpeter Swan. Same end to the means, the DNR gets funding for controlling a "nuisance" species that they introduced into the habitat.
The only thing that you can physically do is to capture Mr. Macho and try to remove him from the pond and outside the state (although you may be fined if you get caught doing this, but this will be the only way to save him). Do not trust any DNR official stating that they will save the bird as they are planning on having a zero tolerance for swans by 2030 in the state. If you could please provide the webmaster of this site with your phone information (just post your phone number in a new post), we might be able to offer some suggestions. Your contact information will NOT be published. The Regal Swan
Messages In This Thread
- Marking a swan with dye/paint -- Dan -- 11 May 2017
- Re: Marking a swan with dye/paint -- The Regal Swan -- 11 May 2017