OK, this is something I'm a little curious about. On-line you can find several articles where people are working hard to eradicate native swan populations that have taken over in some areas of the US and have become a nuisance. I know many people here with lovely ponds that have dreamed of having swans but couldn't afford them. I guess I'm wondering if there is any way that these swans could be relocated instead of killed? A friend of mine has a white mute male that is 4 years old and doesn't have a mate. This swan was given to him and he takes really good care of him but he cannot afford a female. If they are getting rid of out of control populations, then why not find ways to get them placed into good homes? Also if they are a nuisance and very plentiful, then why the high price??