Mute swans who seem to have anger issues are causing problems on Lake Zoar in Newtown.

According to an article in the NewsTimes, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has released an official reminder to avoid mute swans on Lake Zoar. They are called Mute Swans because they are less vocal than regular swans but much more aggressive. Remember when you were in high school and you thought the "cool kids" were supposed to be nice, but many of them turned out to be spiteful and mean? Don't turn your backs on the "cool kids" or mute swans!

The mute swans can become combative when someone or something gets too close to their territory. Their territory on Lake Zoar is near Alpine Drive near the wooden roofed umbrella pavilion, which is a popular picnic spot. This video shows how mute swans react when they feel threatened.

These angry swans don't care if it's a someone or something like a boat. They've been known to capsize small watercraft if they feel you're moving in on their turf. The first thing the swan will do if he's pissed off is hiss, and if you don't have the sense to back off, they might fly right at you. Here's what DEEP spokesmen Dennis Schain had to say in the NewsTimes article:

Mute swans will vigorously defend their territory throughout the year and it's important to remember not to feed swans or other waterfowl as this can trigger or increase aggressive behavior.

What have we learned here?

1. Don't try to pet the swans or they might mess up your face.

2. Cool kids are like Mute Swans. Cool doesn't necessarily translate to nice.

If you should witness swans or any type of wildlife species threatening public safety, call DEEP at 860-424-3333, 24 hours a day.

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