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Re: Mute Swans

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  • Paul S. Highland
    ... I believe the reason they re not protected is because they were introduced from Europe. We ve had them out here on and off for quite a few years. === Paul
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 25, 2005
      Darrell wrote:

      > 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.

      I believe the reason they're not protected is because they were introduced from Europe. We've had
      them out here on and off for quite a few years.

      === Paul H! in AtasCal
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