For almost two decades, mute swans have graced the pond in Manito Park. On April 3, 2006 a vehicle struck the last two adult swans, killing one. The other had to be put down at an animal clinic from its injuries. Terry Bressler, park maintenance manager, believes the swans were killed intentionally. “We are out of the swan business,” he told Spokesman-Review reporter Mike Prager last week.
Over the years, six park swans have suffered violent endings. It makes me angry to think that someone would find it in their hearts to kill something so beautiful. I guess these are the times we live in.
As a photojournalist for The Spokesman-Review, I have enjoyed photographing the swans since they were cygnets. I thought you might like to see a selection of my favorites taken over the last ten years. I will miss the Manito swans and can only hope they will return someday.