Trumpeter and Tundra Swans are protected in every Midwestern state, to the best of my knowledge.

----Bill Eddleman, Cape Girardeau




From: Jack Cowan <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 7:51 PM
Subject: Re: Are Trumpeter Swans protected in Illinois?

Everyone:

I was being a little too indirect and I apologize. I asked about the protection for Trumpeter Swans not so much for the swans' sake as for the Whooping Cranes. My fear is that someone might decide to hunt Trumpeter Swans and shoot a Whooping Crane by mistake. It's happened enough before.

Jack


On Tuesday, January 19, 2016 6:51 PM, David <[log in to unmask]> wrote:


I have seen them advertised on the internet as goose repellants.  Given that swans and geese flock together at Riverlands, I doubt if they would work.  Real Mute Swans, which are legal to own and are very aggressive, might work.
David Becher
Saint Louis


Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:47:52 -0600
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Subject: Re: Are Trumpeter Swans protected in Illinois?
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Another perspective (I'm in a "cut 'em some slack" mood):

One man's decoys are another mans' yard art.  It is unlikely the homeowner it trying to lure swans in to shoot.  They sure a a fine conversation starter, though, and no one misses the house when the directions include "two white swans on the lawn."

BRRRR,
Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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On Jan 19, 2016, at 5:56 PM, Andrew Reago wrote:

Trumpeter Swans are protected everywhere in the United States, but Tundra Swans are not completely protected.  This indirectly poses a threat for the Trumpeter Swan. 

Tundra Swan hunting seasons supposedly remain rare and require special permits, due to attempting to protect the Trumpeter Swan.  Tundra and Trumpeter are hard for hunters to tell apart in the field.  Due to this confusion,  there are allowable limits on killing Trumpeter Swans in some states that when reached, shut down the hunting season in that state for all swans.  This is what I've read, anyway.  Pat Lueders would know all this better. 

In Illinois, people are told that all wild swans are protected and are told not to shoot a swan. Please see this report, specifically the page on swans:   


The farmers with the swan decoys might be in violation of Illinois State Law, which might interpret the use of the 'swan decoys' as harassment of (threatening to) Trumpeter Swans (as well as Tundra).   Illinois law specifically designates the Trumpeter Swan as a protected species in their state, even though it does not have this status at the Federal level - at least not to my knowledge.   

Andy Reago


St. Louis MO


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