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      Why are they shooting swans?

      An exotic species of swan that's made its home in the Bay de Noc is causing a fuss among Delta County residents and the DNR.

      The Mute Swan is attractive and entertaining, but DNR officials say it's very aggressive and takes over nesting sites of native waterfowl.

      Solution? Officials have killed two of the swans since May to cut down on the population.

      "We don't have any programs in place where we are going to try to go out and aggressively do Mute Swan control," explains DNR Wildlife Biologist, Craig Albright. "We're going to monitor the situation and see where it goes from here, and hopefully they won't grow into such large numbers that they cause problems."

      An estimated 20 Mute Swans now live in Little and Big Bay de Noc. Nearly 7000 live downstate.

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