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Forum News Service, Published December 16 2013

DNR: Distressed-looking 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.”