West Mich. county OKs plan to kill mute swans

A Michigan county has approved a five-year plan allowing the state Department of Natural Resources to kill mute swans.
AP Wire
Aug 1, 2013

The Barry County Board of Commissioners voted recently to allow the state to aid in eradication efforts starting today. The move gives DNR officials access to Barry County's lakes and other waterways to kill swans.

The DNR has said it wants to reduce the state's mute swan population from about 15,500 to fewer than 2,000 by 2030. It wasn't immediately known how many mute swans might be targeted in Barry County.

State officials say the birds are an invasive, non-native species with a destructively voracious appetite for vegetation. Mute swans have been in Michigan for about a century.

Opponents of the planned killings want nonlethal management options.

Comments

Wingmaster

...and the SOB's are mean as h3ll! Surprised some little kid has not been hurt or worse by one of these things!

rukidding

I hope Ottawa Co. joins with Barry, and others, to lessen the negative impact these birds have on our ecosystem.

BTL2A

Just make sure you dont do the killings on a Jet ski

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