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Letter: Aggressive swans ruin water sports

A mother swan and her eight cygnets are

A mother swan and her eight cygnets are seen swimming on May 14, 2012 in the pond at the Charles T. Church Preserve, also known as Shu Swamp Preserve, in Mill Neck. Photo Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

I am writing in response to the letter "State's flawed plan to eliminate swans" [May 12]. Unfortunately swans can be extremely aggressive and endanger people. There is a pair of mating swans by my house, and the male is extremely aggressive.

Last year, I witnessed three young girls on a Jet Ski being chased by the swan in flight. Fortunately, the girls got away.

A week later, I was returning from a ride on my Jet Ski when I was chased by the same swan in flight. Now my girlfriend and I are afraid to go on our Jet Ski or paddleboat. After these two incidents, I called the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The swans should be relocated for human safety.

Tom Campbell, Massapequa

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