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 Post subject: Mute Swans at Esquimault Lagoon
PostPosted: Aug 13 12:40 pm 
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Hello all. I was told by several different locals/birders on Aug 6 and 7 that the Mute Swans had been culled at Esquimault lagoon. They said 14 had been found with their necks broken. I am trying to confirm if this horrific news is for real. The basic message I was hearing is that the swans had been considered a nuisance (an invasive species) and the plans to get rid of them had been in the works for a while. Can anyone confirm this? and who did this?


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 Post subject: Re: Mute Swans at Esquimault Lagoon
PostPosted: Aug 28 10:18 pm 
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accordionboy wrote:
Hello all. I was told by several different locals/birders on Aug 6 and 7 that the Mute Swans had been culled at Esquimault lagoon. They said 14 had been found with their necks broken. I am trying to confirm if this horrific news is for real. The basic message I was hearing is that the swans had been considered a nuisance (an invasive species) and the plans to get rid of them had been in the works for a while. Can anyone confirm this? and who did this?



i hadnt heard about finding the 14 with necks broken.As far as i had heard there were no bodies found,which was suspicious for predations leaves bodies.

But i did notice that there were suddenly none there and the 2 remaining Locally do not hang around there and appear to be both males.

I was told that Canadian Wildlife Services had most probably done the deed
What was recounted to me was that several years ago there had been an announcement of a cull made it to the media and it was postponed because of the outcry and public backlash.

Seemingly they were devious, biding their time & finally doing it under the cover of darkness.....


What a Shame!

if there was ever a better good will ambassador for our wildlife... ?
And considering all the development around the lagoon its definitely debatable which invasive species(man or swan) was having the greater impact.

Subsequently i learned that these swans were descendants of a Royal Gift from the Queen
which in my books makes it all the more tragic.

I would love to see someone "out" the CWS on this.
There used to be a healthy little population in Sidney and Fulford Harbour (Saltspring Island)..but for all i know they have decimated those populations as well.

Ya.. i am jaded on this topic.


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 Post subject: Re: Mute Swans at Esquimault Lagoon
PostPosted: Sep 20 7:10 pm 
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Hi Jody... Thanks for the update. I am so sad about this. Those swans gave many people joy!! And yes.. Who is the invasive species!! Big Boo!



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accordionboy wrote:
Hello all. I was told by several different locals/birders on Aug 6 and 7 that the Mute Swans had been culled at Esquimault lagoon. They said 14 had been found with their necks broken. I am trying to confirm if this horrific news is for real. The basic message I was hearing is that the swans had been considered a nuisance (an invasive species) and the plans to get rid of them had been in the works for a while. Can anyone confirm this? and who did this?



i hadnt heard about finding the 14 with necks broken.As far as i had heard there were no bodies found,which was suspicious for predations leaves bodies.

But i did notice that there were suddenly none there and the 2 remaining Locally do not hang around there and appear to be both males.

I was told that Canadian Wildlife Services had most probably done the deed
What was recounted to me was that several years ago there had been an announcement of a cull made it to the media and it was postponed because of the outcry and public backlash.

Seemingly they were devious, biding their time & finally doing it under the cover of darkness.....


What a Shame!

if there was ever a better good will ambassador for our wildlife... ?
And considering all the development around the lagoon its definitely debatable which invasive species(man or swan) was having the greater impact.

Subsequently i learned that these swans were descendants of a Royal Gift from the Queen
which in my books makes it all the more tragic.

I would love to see someone "out" the CWS on this.
There used to be a healthy little population in Sidney and Fulford Harbour (Saltspring Island)..but for all i know they have decimated those populations as well.

Ya.. i am jaded on this topic.


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