Swamphen loom large despite eradication efforts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - State wildlife officials say their quest to eradicate a nonnative bird called the purple swamphen has failed.

The state declared ware against the chicken-sized bird in 2006,
arming themselves with shotguns and gunning down the birds in

Scientists in airboats gunned down nearly 3,200 of the colorful,
slow-flying birds in about two years.

Officials say the swamphen were preying on the chicks of water birds.

But Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say they started too late.

Their new plan is to fit electronic monitors to five birds in Broward and five in Palm Beach County as an aid to studying their habits.

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