Realistically, can all of these introduced non-native invasive species be hunted and fished?The numbers of released species (30,000 pheasants and 1.8 million Brown Trout) would indicate that some will escape capture, thus actually damaging the environment.
We seriously doubt that 2200 Mute Swans can do any more damage than the actual invasive 30,000 pheasants and 1.8 million Brown Trout released ANNUALLY by the NY DEC. Furthermore, the Mute Swan population has been stable for decades.
NY DEC cannot arbitrarily label one species invasive (with no research) while introducing invasive species (with research) for hunting/fishing/revenue purposes. The NY Assembly needs to get this bill passed before the summer recess. Senator Avella and the NY Senate did a phenomenal job of passing legislation after seeing through the NY DEC's misrepresented swan management plan.
Now, Assemblymen Cymbrowitz, Englebright and Thiele and the rest of the Assemblypersons sitting on the Environmental Committee and the General Assembly need to prevent the arbitrary killing of the Mute Swans by the NY DEC. If the bill is not passed, not only will Mute Swans suffer, but many species are in danger of being destroyed under the guise of conservation and wildlife management.