DNR investigating trumpeter swan shootings around the state

The DNR says dead birds were discovered in Kandiyohi County, as well as Brownton in central Minnesota and Pine River up north. Trumpeter swans are a federally protected species.
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The DNR says dead birds were discovered in Kandiyohi County, as well as Brownton in central Minnesota and Pine River up north. Trumpeter swans are a federally protected species.

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