The swan below I photographed on the shoreline of the Terrell River Park, Center Moriches yesterday afternoon.
|Swan 3/12/2017 ©JamieEllinForbes.SunStormarts Pub Inc Inc.|
I reviewed the Mute Swan - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation page 2014.
Excerpt: Mute swans are most numerous on Long Island and in the lower Hudson Valley, but they have expanded their range in recent years especially around Lake Ontario. Mute swans can cause a variety of problems, including aggressive behavior towards people, destruction of submerged aquatic vegetation, displacement of native wildlife species, degradation of water quality, and potential hazards to aviation. This plan supports actions by DEC to minimize the impacts of swans, while allowing them to remain in urban parks and other controlled settings. DEC recently adopted regulations listing mute swan as a "prohibited" Invasive Species, which prohibits the sale, importation, transport, or introduction of this species in New York.
Below is from an article on the 27East web page by Kyle Campbell:
While the original plan allowed for the capture or killing of all free-range mute swans, with the goal of eliminating every mute swan in the state by 2025, the new proposal, which was announced Monday, has a more nuanced approach that emphasizes education and regional handling of the issue, and targets the impact of the swans rather than the animals themselves.
The creek I live on and walk daily has lost three swans this last month. Hard to say what happened. But of the two mated breeding adult pairs nesting on the creek for several years, only one bird can be is seen today.
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