Swans Targeted for Eradication Get Reprieve

ALBANY -

After public protests, New York officials backed off a plan to eradicate 2,200 wild swans that had been labeled pests, The Associated Press reported. The state drafted plans last year to wipe out the state’s mute swan population on the grounds that the beautiful but aggressive birds are not native to the U.S. and are harming domestic waterfowl. Animal lovers responded with 16,000 protest letters.