News of the NYC Department of Environmental Conservation’s recent proposal to eliminate the mute swan population in Prospect Park sparked a public outcry that resulted in 50,000 opposition emails. Taking the reaction of the community into consideration, the DEC has announced that it plans to review the comments and concerns and come back with a revised plan this spring. The initial proposal called for the extermination of the swans over the next 11 years.
The mute swans of Prospect Park have been seen as a nuisance over the years, bullying other waterfowl, animals and even people. The birds have also been known to destroy vegetation in the park’s ponds, and officials also claim the swans degrade park water quality and even threaten aviation in the area.
But animal activists and swan supporters weren’t buying the DEC’s decision to exterminate the swans in such a cold manner. Activist group GooseWatchNYC says hundreds of the birds have already been killed, and that their hope is to prevent the deaths of any more innocent birds.
The DEC’s initial reaction to the community’s outpouring of emails is a step in the right direction, but the fight is far from over. GooseWatchNYC encourages supporters to continue writing letters and emails until the swan elimination proposal is completely off the table.