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No leads in probe of swan deaths

June 30, 2004|by RYAN C. TUCK

There were no new leads Tuesday in the investigation of last weekend's swan deaths in Hagerstown's City Park, the city's Director of Administrative Services John Budesky said.

Three of the city's five mute swans were found dead last weekend. Park workers found two Saturday evening and one on Sunday.

According to Budesky, the Humane Society of Washington County picked up and transported the swan bodies to a laboratory in Frederick Monday afternoon in an effort to get a determination of a cause of death.

Humane Society officials told Budesky Tuesday afternoon that they would not be able to speculate as to a cause of death for "at least a week," he said.

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Budesky said the city has no leads except for a park visitor who called and said the swans were alive Saturday at 4 p.m.

The city plans to await the results of the tests before taking further action.

Last weekend's deaths, which Budesky described as "not natural," are the most recent swan 3deaths in City Park.

In April 1983, a rare black swan was clubbed to death in th3e park. In September of the same year, two baby swans were clubbed to death. In 1985, the first baby swan to be born in the park in six years died of apparent food poisoning.

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