Washington’s mute swans have finally found someone to speak for them.
State Rep. Larry Seaquist and state Sen. Derek Kilmer, both Democrats from Gig Harbor, are looking to ease restrictions on trafficking the birds so that a Gig Harbor homeowner’s association can buy one for a private lake.
State wildlife officials have banned the sale and ownership of mute swans since 1991, deeming them deleterious exotic wildlife that can destroy wetlands and occasionally attack people and other animals.
That’s nonsense, say homeowners in Gig Harbor’s Sylvia Lake community, who have kept a pair of mute swans on their lake for more than 20 years to ward off Canadian geese. Read more »