State officials had to euthanize a swan in Danielson on Wednesday morning after multiple reported attacks on people.
"I'm just devastated. It wasn't right what DEEP did," said neighbor Ed Greczezkowski.
The male swan was in the area of the footbridge on Five Mile River. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials said they received two complaints of instances of the swan being overly aggressive.
When officials went to investigate, they said they found a male and female swan, along with swan eggs. Within minutes, they said the male swan tried to attack them.
DEEP officials said the first incident involved an attack on two kayakers in the water.
Later on Tuesday, DEEP said the same swan also attacked young boys who were in a canoe in the water. The incident actually caused them to capsize and fall into the water.
DEEP officials said swans can and do get aggressive, especially if there is nesting nearby. However, DEEP officials said they take this aggression serious and had to be proactive by putting the animal down.
"This is extremely rare. We almost never find ourselves in this situation," said Rick Jacobson, of DEEP.
While DEEP said it understands why so many people are concerned about the swans, their concern is that next time the male swan could have attacked and killed someone.
"We understand this can be very emotional for people. One person can look at a swan and see an absolutely beautiful creature. Other people can see it as an animal that comes after them and causes them to overturn their boat," Jacobson said.
The female swan flew away when it saw DEEP officials. There are no plans to euthanize her as she did not exhibit any aggressive behavior.
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