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Hi Edward

Many people see a swan’s defensive behavior as aggressiveness, which it is not. The swan is in a defensive (protective) mode of its family and sees anyone or anything in his habitat as a threat. The best thing to do is to place a barrier around the family’s nest or immediate habitat. You do not want anything to happen to any member of the swan family by someone chasing or striking out at the birds. Once the cygnets mature, the hormones from the parents will return to normal and they will be less defensive.

The barrier should be one in which the swan’s can be protected by errant golf balls, and can impede their visual range beyond their immediate area as well as prevent them from accessing outside their normal range. Ensure that the barrier does not impede the family’s access to food or water. This is all normal behavior during the nesting season.

If the male swan is overly defensive at other times, it means that he has had a bad experience with one of the golfers or another human who may have intentionally mistreated him, etc. If this is the case, then you might want to make a permanent inaccessible barrier/area for the swans so no further interactions with the swans are possible. You should also inform the golfers about the swan family and to avoid interactions when possible. Again, you want to protect people as well as the swans. However, be cognizant that other golf courses and facilities have had intoxicated golfers and guests intentionally harm or kill their swans. All visitors and golfers need to know that any intentional harm to the swan family will be prosecuted heavily by your facility and back your actions if necessary. The Regal Swan

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by Swan Expert.