From Debby Glascock Gentry, Friends of the Ducks and Geese, White Lake Township:
The plans of the DNRE (Department of Natural Resources and Environment) and USFWS (United States Fish and Wildlife Service) regarding mute swans is positively sinister. They want to kill or render flightless and sterilize all mute swans in Michigan. Their reasons for doing this is to introduce trumpeter swans, which are larger and make greater trophies for hunters.
It has been suggested that mute swans are not indigenous to the United States, which is clearly untrue. They were just hunted to extinction before European peoples brought them here 200 years ago. The fossil records and accounts from pre-settlement Jamestown say that the mute swan has been here since before we were. They are beautiful birds and they eat water vegetation and do not compete with any other native species. It would be nice to see trumpeters but not at the expense of mute swans.
Please write letters and make calls to your government officials, the DNRE and USFWS demanding that this extermination does not take place.