Swan euthanized after report of attack

A swan was recently removed from its family and euthanized by state environmental officials in an effort to minimize the bird's population.

According to the Warwick Beacon, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management received a report that a mute swan attacked a dog at Warwick Pond.

"According to DEM, they are a non-native species, so if they get an aggression report on it, they do take it and destroy it," said Warwick resident Connie Mero.

Mero, who frequents the pond, said the swans don't go after animals or people.

Warwick resident Amie Palumbo said the swans have never been a problem around her children.

"I certainly don't feel threatened by them," she said.

However, DEM is concerned that the mute swans, which were brought to the U.S. from Europe in the 1880s, are a danger to wildlife.

Environmental officials said there are more than 2,000 mute swans in the state and the department's goal is to reduce the population to a level that minimizes the negative impact on wetlands.