Weather Forecast

Close

DNR says swans may be OK

ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans should think twice before reporting swans or other waterfowl in trouble, the Department of Natural Resources says.

The DNR has received several reports of swans having problems, but the department indicates that animals behave differently during different seasons, causing some people to think an animal is in distress.

“Trumpeter swans are a classic example of this,” the DNR’s Erica Hoaglund said. “Citizens see them this time of year resting on frozen water or swimming about in small pockets of open water within ice. People assume they are trapped when most of the time they are not and move on in either a few days or a few weeks; it is frequently not the emergency it can first appear to be.”

Forum News Service
The Forum Communications News Service is the premier news wire service covering the Upper Midwest, stretching from the oilfields of western North Dakota to the plains of South Dakota and to the shores of eastern Minnesota. For more information about the services we offer or to discuss content subscriptions, please contact us.
Advertisement