Traverse City Record-Eagle


July 17, 2013

Coming Thursday: Aggressive swan's whereabouts unknown

TRAVERSE CITY — An aggressive mute swan disappeared from Silver Lake, but lakeside residents can’t get an answer from state wildlife officials as to its whereabouts.

“If they’ve done something to that swan, I’m going to take it up their food chain,” said Chuck Fricke, a lakeside resident. “They’re supposed to be protecting the wildlife.”

Personal watercraft riders this summer harassed the male swan that stood guard over his mate and brood of three cygnets. The swan, in turn, chased any personal watercraft that drew near, and knocked a man off his machine. That led Silver Lake Improvement Association officials to call the local Department of Natural Resources.

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