From Noelle Grain, Royal Oak:
As a concerned citizen of Oakland County, I am outraged that the West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees passed a resolution on June 18 to kill mute swans on its lakes, specifically Middle Straits Lake, due to a request from a resident (“Mute Swans to be removed from Middle Straits Lake,” June 20). The misguided practice of murdering innocent swans will not solve anything. These birds were brought to the U.S. through no fault of their own, by humans, and are being punished for getting in the way of recreational lake users! In a community that is supposedly known for its “‘green’-friendly” stance, it is appalling that the township would choose to support killing these birds because of one or two residents’ unfounded claims.
Nationally recognized animal welfare organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States, have demonstrated their opposition to this mass killing and are working on a moratorium on these murders until the Michigan Department of Natural Resources can back up its policy on killing with science. Waterford Township recently voted against the killing of the swans in that township; West Bloomfield should do the same and not become a township known for unnecessarily killing off wildlife. What expertise does the board have on this subject matter?
Though mute swans (and all swans) will hiss when nesting or when bothered by people or boats, most mute swans are peaceful and pose absolutely no threat to humans or other wildlife. Most people enjoy the sight of these beautiful birds swimming placidly among the lakes. This resolution to kill off these beautiful and peaceful animals needs to be halted immediately.