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After public outcry, mute swans get reprieve from New York kill plan

Published on Mar 1, 2014 5:07 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Public outcry over a plan to kill off mute swans in New York prompted the state's Department of Environmental Conservation to pledge on Friday to revise the proposal and consider "non-lethal means" to control the wild swan population.

Revisions could include abandoning plans to eliminate the birds by various means or to poison their nests, the state's top conservation agency said.

The black-masked, long-necked white birds, associated with romance and fairy tales, were the subject of protest petitions, letters and comments that poured in to state wildlife officials after they declared mute swans an aggressive, invasive species that poses a threat to people and native animals.

"The draft plan for management for mute swans received significant public interest and DEC received many thoughtful and substantive comments," Commissioner Joe Martens said in a statement.

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