I talked with a dude from the MI WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY today about an ivasive species problem.
Purple Loostrife? Zebra Mussels? Those gross Asian ladybugs?
No, SWANS. That's right. SWANS. Mute Swans to be precise.
They were imported as a pair back in 1919 and put on Lake Charlevoix. Those have since multiplied to over 15,000 in Michigan and are wreaking havoc with wetlands, native trumpter swans, loons, and humans.
The DNR is seeking to irradicate them by hunting them. They may employ help from the public issuing licenses.
They realize they have a P.R. battle ahead. As Patrick Rusz told us this morning, when the DNR goes after ugly, furry tusked wild boars we're all for it. But swans? They're so pretty!
Did you know about this? What do you think about this? Listen to the full interview on The Diva Blog.