(US) Scenic wildlife or stately pest?

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Tue Jun 3 22:56:11 EDT 2003


[from Baltimore Sun]

Debate: Critics, admirers and the courts ponder the fate of Maryland's
mute swans
...
Jim McFadden was 79 years old when he strangled the swan.

It was self-defense, he says.

The retired salesman and his best hounds were hunting raccoons near his
Kent County home, closing in on their quarry, when the swan charged out of
the high grass. 
...
Della Shanahan has developed an entirely different relationship with the
mute swans nesting near her Pasadena home. She's a caregiver.

Shanahan began feeding her first pair of swans in 1994, during a winter so
severe that much of the Patapsco River and the ponds that make up their
habitat froze. 
...
Wildlife officers killed about 100 birds before the first lawsuit was
filed in Washington by an animal protection group and three Eastern Shore
residents. A few days later, the DNR agreed to stop the shooting and
surrender its federal permit until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
could review its policies.

Another lawsuit, filed by a Connecticut-based advocacy group, alleges that
the federal agency violated environmental laws by granting blanket swan-
shooting approval to Maryland and dozens of states, mostly in the
Northeast and Upper Midwest. As a result of that lawsuit, Fish and
Wildlife officials are reviewing those permits. 

full story:
http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-swans0604,0,2555721.story?coll=bal-home-headlines

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