The DNR hopes to keep fighting the Mute Swan.
They're big, white and rather regal looking. The DNR's Erin Celello says when you think of a swan they're exactly what you imagine. But she says the Mute Swan can act more like an ugly duckling.
The Mute is a prolific reproducer and can take over an area in short amount of time. Once there, they can eat other waterfowl out of house and home, chasing them off and putting them at risk.
Especially the native Trumpeter Swan which the DNR has been trying to bring back from extinction. So, given a choice between the Trumpeter or the European introduced Mute, the Mute swan has to go either by using sharpshooters or coating eggs so the cygnets can't hatch.
The DNR will ask the Natural resources Board at the end of the month to continue the eradication program. The DNR is quick to point out Wisconsin is not alone in how they deal with the problem. Celello says the DNR is following similar procedures used in other states and approved by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.