The perpetrator of the destruction of swan eggs in Manlius, NY has turned himself in. At 23 years old, he has a record of misdemeanors, including alcohol-related crimes. He faces a sentence of up to a year in prison, and possible other sanctions. In 1994, a person was convicted of decapitating a swan at the same pond. Not only did he receive jail time, he was also sentenced to serving 100 hours of community service shoveling manure at the zoo.
$9,000 in reward money was raised for information leading to the arrest and conviction of this latest crime against the swans. Since the perpetrator turned himself in a decision has not been made about the reward . A video surveillance system is being set up this week, services and equipment donated. Also, a 24-hour volunteer citizen watch will be in place, if and when the swans, Manny and Faye have another family on the way.
If there are new eggs, I hope no announcement is made. Let the swans tend their nest in peace, solitude and anonymity.