non-native species http://michiganradio.org en No rehab for mute swans? http://michiganradio.org/post/no-rehab-mute-swans <p>You've definitely seen mute swans: they're big, white birds with orange bills.&nbsp; A lot of people love them.</p><p>But Michigan wildlife officials say there are <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=502">too many mute swans in the state</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>So... the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr"><span>Department of Natural Resources and Environment</span></a> is now proposing a change... one that’s making some people very angry.</p><p>Barbara Avers is a waterfowl specialist with the DNRE. She says mute swans are not native to the U.S. – they were brought over from Europe in the 1800's. Basically, because they’re pretty.</p><blockquote><p>“They’ve grown exponentially in Michigan. They’re kind of many times the bullies of the marsh.”</p></blockquote><p>Avers says mute swans eat a huge amount of vegetation in lakes. They can push out native birds, such as the trumpeter swan. And she says mute swans can snap and charge at people.</p><blockquote><p>“Routinely each year we get reports of mute swan attacks on land, and kayakers, people on jet skis, people out fishing in a boat, and what we see is as mute swan population grows so do the number of conflicts we see.”</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 15:56:33 +0000 Rebecca Williams 1112 at http://michiganradio.org No rehab for mute swans?