PERRY COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - A mute swan and its hybrid offspring were removed from an area last week because according to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officials, they were a threat to wildlife.
Keith Stephens with AGFC told THV 11 News that the adult male mute swan and its baby swans, or cygnets, were put down. The cygnets were put down Friday and the mute swan was put down Monday.
AGFC said the swan needed to be removed from the area along Harris Break Lake just south of Perryville because mute swans are an invasive breed and posed a threat to wildlife if they were allowed to stay.
AGFC had given the mute swan's owner five days to claim him.
Mute swan, hybrid offspring removed because of threats to wildlife
AGFC notice of removal