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Mute Swan Adoption Might be an Option

Cara J

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While you may have thought about adopting a dog or a cat as a pet, you probably never considered adopting a swan. But in New York, individuals as well as communities and non-profit organizations, might have an option to adopt invasive mute swans (Cygnus olor) under a revised state management plan. Mute swans in New York are a rapidly reproducing invasive species that competes with native waterfowl and other birds for food and habitat. While a preliminary plan by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) focused on mute swan population control through egg-addling or lethal control, their revised state management plan released last month allows for people and community groups to adopt the birds into managed settings. “The controversy is that people think we’re going to kill a lot of swans,” said Bryan Swift, DEC Waterfowl Specialist. “That is not the case at all. We just want to move them to areas where they have less impact and where they would be of less concern. We are willing to be as flexible as we can.” Under the proposed plan, individuals or groups that adopt the birds must prevent them from reproducing or spreading to other areas. If adopted, the swans [...]


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