NYS Dept of Conservation wants to kill and/or remove all mute swans from NY by 2025. The swans are not over populated and only aggressive if approached when they have young cygnets. They are a beautiful bird, graceful and majestic. They are monogamous and often reuse the same nest each year, restoring or rebuilding it as needed. Male and female swans share the care of the nest, and once the cygnets are fledged it is not uncommon to see whole families looking for food.
Swans were protected until 2005 and some advocacy groups say they are native to this area, not invasive.
Please join me by signing this petition to save these amazing creatures. It breaks my heart to think of them shot and killed when they are so devoted to family and stay with one mate for their life.