RE: KILLING, MOVING AND OTHERWISE INTERFERING WITH THE SWANS AND GEESE OF SAM SMITH PARK
Since the movement of human beings into the Americas 12,000
or more years ago, and particularly since the movements after the 1400s, humans
have altered the structures of a wide variety of ecosystems, mostly to suit our
needs and most often purposefully and often indirectly.
therefore have changed in many ways over time.
Mute swans are not indigenous to the Americas, nor is our own species: homo sapiens. To think that
we can return to what might be termed a natural balance is unrealistic to say
Nonetheless it is vital that we preserve the grebes and the
whooping swans. The recovery of the later is threatened by mute swans which are
I would suggest that if we wish to intervene to
control the growing numbers of mute swans and perhaps Canada Geese it behooves us
to do so in an ethical and kindly manner.
How to do so is open to
Should we relocate them, we must take due diligence not to
smother them in trucks during hot weather. Should we relocate them it must not
be into the territory of other mute swans or geese as they will be invading
their territory and aggressive encounters will ensue.
Should we, I
believe the term is coddle, their eggs, they will lay more and spend their
energy sitting on nests to no avail.
Killing them is out of the question
on ethical terms even if it could be done humanely.
Therefore the only
good way that I can see to deal with the issue would be to neuter the males
and/or have animal doctors perform hysterectomies on the females and release
them, when recovered, back into their own territories where they would likely
continue to disturb some other birds but in numbers which would gradually
decrease over time.
I can not imagine that our current civic society
would go to such trouble and expense, so we are left with either BEING CRUEL OR
ACCEPTING THAT ALL OF NATURE IS IRREVOCABLY AND CONTINUOUSLY BEING ALTERED
BY HOMO SAPIENS.
In the interests of humanity, therefore, I say accept
that we have interfered with and altered ecosystems and try to live our lives in
kindness to all the other species we still have to share this beautiful earth
The notion of controlling free running dogs during nesting time
should also be considered in the appropriate areas of Sam Smith Park. Humans as
well should not disturb the wild life nor should we be feeding birds bread which
is not healthy for them and fills up their stomachs and thus prevents them from
eating appropriate food.
One final note this spring. Please leave the
pussy willows for the beavers to eat and remember Toronto Bylaws state that no
fauna or flora should be removed from our Sam Smith Park.