As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Aggressive swan killed by state; local man says pair were friendly

Posted Apr 20, 2016 at 5:08 PM
Updated Apr 21, 2016 at 11:50 AM 

KILLINGLY — State wildlife officials killed a swan on Wednesday after the animal reportedly attacked several people on a Danielson waterway, an outcome a local man said could have been handled in a much more humane manner.

The male swan was protecting a nesting area on Five Mile Pond, said Dennis Schain, spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

“Earlier this week, we were notified that a husband and wife out on the water were attacked by the swan, but were able to make it to shore,” he said. “A short time later, the same swan went after two boys in a canoe, causing the boat to tip over."

State employees caught the animal on Wednesday and snapped its neck, a widely used euthanizing technique in such situations, Schain said.

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