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Petition started to investigate DEEP officer who euthanized swan in Danielson

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This female swan was kept alive after its mate was euthanized following complaints. (WFSB) This female swan was kept alive after its mate was euthanized following complaints. (WFSB)
DANIELSON, CT (WFSB) -

A petition was started to charge the officer responsible for euthanizing a swan in Danielson last month.

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 on April 18.

On April 19, 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.

On April 20, DEEP officials euthanized the male swan.

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.

Since the swan’s death, people have flocked to support the animal and said he was only protecting his wife and babies.  

Since the petition was started, 193 people have signed the petition and only seven more signatures are needed to petition the Connecticut State House.

To sign the petition, click here

The neighborhood already started an online petition and they want this investigated by DEEP. They were petitioning Commissioner Rob Klee. To check out the petition, which has more than 350 signatures, click here.

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