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DNR investigating trumpeter swan deaths

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Despite warnings to hunters, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it is investigating a number of trumpeter swan deaths.

Trumpeter swans are a federally protected species. The DNR warns hunters every fall to avoid mistakenly shooting trumpeter swans.

But the DNR reports several recent cases where trumpeter swans were shot and killed. In Kandiyohi (kan-dee-YOH'-hye) County, a trumpeter swan was found dead along a gravel road near a large slough. Trumpeter swans also were shot and killed near Brownton and near Pine River, and two men face charges for killing two trumpeter swans several weeks ago in the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area.

Col. Jim Konrad, DNR enforcement director, says trumpeter swans are much larger than other waterfowl, with long necks and a wingspan of up to 8 feet.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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