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Mute Swans
Maryland's Mute Swan Management Plan
Here you'll find the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' mute swan management plan. This plan describes the status and impacts of mute swans in Maryland. It also serves as a guidance document to provide direction and objectives for the Department to: manage the overabundant species through lethal and non lethal means, preventing the escape and reproduction of captive mute swans, reducing swan-to-human conflicts and long-term monitoring of the plan and the impact of mute swans on the Bay. Read more

Record Decision on Mute Swans
On September 9th, the U.S. District rendered a Decision on Preliminary Injunction.

On September 2nd, the court had a hearing on the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction and has indicated that it would rule expeditiously on the matter. MDNR has agreed to delay in removing swans from the Aug. 27th effective date to give the court an opportunity to rule. Read the Declaration of Larry Hindman.

On August 11th, USFWS issued Maryland DNR a federal migratory bird permit with an effective date of August 27th to reduce the size of Maryland’s feral mute swan population.

On August 7th, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service published their decision on mute swans including the final envionmental assessment for the Management of Mute Swans in the Atlantic Flyway. Read more

Why doesn’t DNR relocate mute swans?
While the capture and relocation of swans to certain types of scientific or educational facilities is a strategy within the management plan, DNR has concluded that to allow swans to be “adopted” as pets would not only fail to solve the immediate problem, but may actually compound it. Read more

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)
Mute swans are voracious feeds on the Chesapeake’s wild grass beds. Mute swans will be either excluded or removed from the following areas: Important SAV Beds, Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Transplanting, Publicly owned, Colonial Waterbird Nesting Sites and Black Duck Nesting Habitats. Read more

Support Across Constituencies
The Mute Swan Management Plan has received support from 25 local, regional and national environmental and wildlife groups representing millions of Americans including National Audubon Society, American Bird Conservancy, Delmarva Ornithological Society, Environmental Defense, International Assn. of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Maryland Ornithological Society, The Waterbird Society, and the Wildlife Management Institute.

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Mute Swan

News Stand 09/09/03
DNR Secretary Franks Issues Statement Regarding Today’s Mute Swan Decision

08/05/03
Serious threat posed by swans demands serious response

04/21/03
Governor Ehrlich Authorizes DNR to Implement Mute Swan Management Plan

04/13/03
Mute Swans in Maryland: A Statewide Management Plan Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service

Video/Photo Library Video Clips (.MPG format)
Mute Swan Video 1 (1.2 MB)
  Agressive behavior
Mute Swan Video 3 (1.9 MB)
  Social behavior
Mute Swan Video 4 (2.2 MB)
  Swans taking flight
Mute Swan Video 5 (1.8 MB)
  Swans taking to water
SAV Video (1.8 MB)
  Underwater views

Images (.JPG format)
Mute Swan Photos