RE: [CALBIRDS] Status of Mute Swan in the West?
- Back in the late 60's, I was a grad student at the Univ. of Arizona and the AZ Dept. Fish and Game gave us a hunter-killed juvenile swan for identification. We dissected it and determined from the shape of its syrinx (among other things) that it was a Mute Swan. I think the hunter got off without charges because the Mute Swan isn't/wasn't protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty. That seems way early for reproducing wild populations, but it does show they've been out in the west a long time.
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