Need solution to help swans

To the Editor: This morning (Jan. 12), while driving across the Petty's Bayou Bridge on Fruitport Road, I witnessed a large swan dying from striking the utility wires.
Jan 21, 2013


A month ago, I saw another large swan, which had flown into the wires, dead on the bridge. This swan was lying in a traffic lane.

I feel that this dilemma poses a safety risk for the fishermen who use the bridge daily, as well as people driving. Someone could be hurt or even killed — it’s only a matter of time.

A few years ago, people tried in vain to remedy this problem. They got nowhere. Some of the ideas were to bind the wires together, or place a reflective device to alert the birds.

The problem for the birds seems to be the highest wire, which is also the thinnest. Maybe they can’t see it? 

I truly hope that Spring Lake Township will take the initiative and find a solution for this sad and unnecessary problem.

— Deborah Pless, Spring Lake Township



These swans are invasive. Mute swans are ugly. Trumpeter swan is better.


Are you worried that a bird might fall and hit and hurt a person? I think we might just want to roll the dice on this one Deb and chance it


I fish in that area; not concerned! There are negatives to be found in any situation you can imagine. We really have to pick and choose our battles and what we think is a "sad and unnecessary problem". I have birds fly into the windows of my home all the time; some have died. Should I board up the house or remove the home? And, then what of me; will you take care of the homeless guy who gave up his home for the birds? I'll tell you what is for the birds; this article. Find an important issue to deal with.


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