Mute swans will be the focal point of two upcoming public meetings.
The first meeting, set for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, will be at the Ella J. Logan Girl Scout Camp, EMS D14 Ln., Syracuse. That meeting will be for the residents of Dewart Lake to hear information and proposals regarding the mute swan population on Dewart Lake.
A second meeting, with Judy Loven, Dan Young and Carl Voglewede from the Department of Agriculture will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the North Webster Community Center banquet hall. The purpose of that meeting is to educate the public on mute swans and their effects on the environment.
Mute swans have long been a concern on area lakes. The Fish and Wildlife division of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources even grants kill permits to residents for the purpose of destroying the birds. Mute swans, the only swan with an orange bill, are not native to Indiana and destroy both underwater plants and plants at the waters edge which affect native species.