The Nov. 29 KidsPost article “Both beauty and the beast” described the controversy associated with the swans that inhabit the Chesapeake Bay area. Thousands of mute swans have been cruelly killed by wildlife officials over the past couple of years because the birds consume aquatic plants. Only a few hundred mute swans remain in this region.

We must teach our children to live with wildlife — native and non-native. Unnecessary killing of mute swans is not a substitute for the humane and enlightened management that these wonderful animals deserve.

Let’s work together to address the real bay issues — overdevelopment, agricultural pollution and massive runoffs — and leave the mute swans alone. This is the least we can do for future generations, both human and animal.  

Patricia Ragan, Arlington

The writer is a consultant to the Humane Society of the United States.