The Trumpeter Swan -- one threatened with extinction -- is now flourishing in such numbers near Bella Coola, British Columbia, that they are now to be moved to new nesting grounds.
GV & SV PAN..swans flying down to land (3 shots)
SV Swans by hole in ice (2 shots)
SV PAN..Man carrying food for swans arrives
SV Swans in lake
LV Men feeding swans
SV PAN..Swans being fed from the bank (4 shots)
GV Swans in lake
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Background: The Trumpeter Swan -- one threatened with extinction -- is now flourishing in such numbers near Bella Coola, British Columbia, that they are now to be moved to new nesting grounds.
The Canadian Wildlife Service feeds about half of the thousand survivors at Lonesome Lake, Bella Coola, during the winter.
But now the fear is that the birds are too tame, and may die because of their dependence on man, so the young will be flown to coastal inlets, and to Vancouver island, where it is hoped they will start new colonies, or settle down in existing nesting areas.
SYNOPSIS: The Trumpeter Swan is still a rare and beautiful species -- no longer threatened with extinction, as it was during the 1920's. There are now perhaps a thousand of them... they spend the summer in Alaska and the Yukon, and half of them migrate in the winter to Lonesome Lake, near Bella Coola, in Canada's British Columbia. Their numbers have outgrown the natural food available to them here, and the Canadian Wildlife Service now has plans to move them elsewhere, a dozen at a time.
The Wildlife Service is continuing to feed grain to the swans, to supplement their natural food resources - but officials say the birds have, in effect, become too tame at Lonesome Lake, and that they'd die through their dependence on man. So the young will be flown to coastal inlets, and to Vancouver island, where it's hoped they'll establish new colonies, or settle down in existing nesting areas. The feeding program at Lonesome Lake was started in 1932 by naturalist Ralph Edwards ... a vital move at the time. There were then fewer than a hundred swans which had survived the relentless pursuit of hunters, who sold their feathers for use as quill pens. The lake became a sanctuary .... 35 birds, 40 years ago, to more than 500 today. The Wildlife Service says there's no danger to them now, as a species ... better that they learn again. to live a natural life.