August 24, 2018 at 6:23 pm #48427
I live in a golf course community in Arizona in which we have five Mute Swans, three females and two males currently residing on separate lakes. Some of the residents would like to see the swans removed and sent to a location in Tennessee which they feel would provide better protection from predators, however all the swans would have to reside on the same lake in an open area. Swans are very territorial, will they be able to co-habitate without fighting and aggressive behavior?
What are the risks involved to the swans in being relocated?
What are the requirements for a healthy lake, does it need to be fed by free flowing fresh water or can a still lake be used if it has an aeration system?August 24, 2018 at 10:32 pm #48519
Unfortunately, the only two solutions are to keep the swans in their present habitat until their demise as this is their only known home. The second option is to let us know if this is not a valid option and we will try to place the swans in another home.
The complication is that many states want Mute Swans dead and will not allow the import of the swans into their state.
This Mute Swan killing program has been in existence since the late 80’s when unscrupulous politicians began working with hunters and wildlife officials to permanently eradicate an entire species-Mute Swans.
Through misrepresentation to taxpayers, wildlife officials began a collaborative hoax to paint the swans as non-native, aggressive, invasive (detrimental to the environment and other wildlife). Under the radar of taxpayers, media and other politicians, wildlife officials began killing hundreds of thousands of Mute Swans across the U.S. This killing and misrepresentation of Mute Swans was never based on any reliable valid scientific research. Wildlife officials only used shoddy or non-existent research to promote the program to taxlayers which are paying millions of dollars on an annual basis at both the state and federal levels.
The real reason for the killing program is to free-up habitats inhabited by Mute Swans to aalow the introduction of the larger Trumpeter Swans for Trophy Waterfowl hunting purposes. In many cases, the Trumpeter Swans were never found in areas the government is placing them. This million dollar hoax is continuing today. Politicians and wildlife officials state that hunting is not the reason, yet in 2016, the first hunting of Trumpeter Swans was allowed in Minnesota by indigenous people.
Immediately, wildlife biologists were asked if Trumpeter numbers were adequate to begin hunting by the general public. Trophy Waterfowl hunting permits are more expensive than general waterfowl permits and can help maintain hunters and recruit new ones. The problem is that hunting of any swan except the Tundra Swan by indigenous people of Alaska is in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
U.S. wildlife officials funded by the unknowing taxpayer, has been violating the Treaty since the 1980’s.
So, removing your swans may insure their death by wildlife officials in other states. We would suggest that you thoroughly consider the ramifications of trying to remove your swans. The Regal SwanAugust 25, 2018 at 4:50 pm #48928
Thank you for the timely response, I will have to research the Wildlife Rules and Regulations for the state of Tennessee.August 25, 2018 at 6:37 pm #48967
You are very welcome. Also, if the Tennessee relocation works out, you will need to research what predator defense systems are in place to protect the swans. Tennessee has many predators that Arizona has, i.e., soft-shelled and snapping turtles, coyotes, raccoons, otters and other predators such as bears. The swans will not be used to some of these. In any case, their habitat will need to be fenced or have some other means to protect them from predation. The Regal Swan