Wildlife officials forced to kill mute swan
The Department of Natural Resources was forced to kill a mute swan after it got aggressive with locals.
The DNR received reports of a male Mute swan on Silver Lake in Grand Traverse County that was getting aggressive with people.
According to the DNR, Mute swans are an invasive non-native species that pose a threat to native animals, habitat and local people.
After an investigation, it was determined that the swan posed a safety threat. The DNR determined that the swan's offspring, or cygnets, are of an age where they could fend for themselves, so the male swan was shot.
The DNR website shows that the mute swan population is "well above an acceptable range," and require increased management efforts to protect the native trumpeter swan population.