Ask the Swan Specialist
Date: 26 July 2016
As long as predators or the Michigan DNR does not kill them, they should grow very quickly and go about their way. Michigan DNR like other state and federal wildlife authorities misrepresent facts about the Mute Swans so the public will buy into their killing of the Mute Swans. Their goal is to kill all Mute Swans in Michigan so they can introduce the larger Trumpeter Swans for Trophy Waterfowl hunting purposes. This program will full their coffers through more expensive hunting permits. There is no mistake, this is not about conservation, but about making money for governmental wildlife officials.
Had the Michigan DNR and other states not been so eager to implement this hunting program across the U.S. they may have not ignored the fact that the Mute Swans are a Sentinel species indicating to the presence of heavy metals and harmful microorganisms in the environment. The birds, if they had not been killed in many areas could possibly have indicated to the problems in the Flint River and the poisonings may have been prevented.
So, as you can see, the cygnets and their survival in Michigan is not necessarily a nature issue, but rather a human issue.
As far as the smaller cygnet, this could possibly be a female and/or the runtime. As long as it and it's sibling continue eating and do not get sick, they should grow quickly and normally very soon. The Regal Swan
Messages In This Thread
- Late baby swan, survival -- Sandra -- 26 July 2016
- Re: Late baby swan, survival -- The Regal Swan -- 26 July 2016