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Two mute swans fighting by the river

The males typically fight to protect their breeding territory from intruding swans trying to usurp the territory.

Two mute swans fighting by the river Thames in Windsor

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In England, Q567: What is the law relating to swans and what should I do if I find an injured swan?

Wild unmarked mute swans belong to the Crown. As such this means that taking or killing a swan could amount to theft and injuring them could amount to criminal damage (both these offences committed against swans have been successfully prosecuted in recent years). See details here

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