This is a lot of ugly ducklings: At least 197 trumpeter swan nesting pairs now live in Wisconsin, according to new figures released by the DNR. The state natural resources agency has toiled since the 1980s to bring the graceful yet ornery bird back to Wisconsin’s waterways. It got started by takings eggs from Alaskan […]

This is a lot of ugly ducklings: At least 197 trumpeter swan nesting pairs now live in Wisconsin, according to new figures released by the DNR.

The state natural resources agency has toiled since the 1980s to bring the graceful yet ornery bird back to Wisconsin’s waterways. It got started by takings eggs from Alaskan swans, hatching them in the Milwaukee Zoo and training the birds using “mama swan” decoys before releasing them into the wild.

There are a few different swans and swan-like birds found in Wisconsin. Here’s the DNR’s guide to identifying them. The smallest are called “snow geese” and are legal game, which means you can shoot them, assuming you follow all necessary regulations. Swans are protected, although they were removed from the state endangered species list in 2009.

The regal birds are known for being aggressively defensive. Earlier this month, a swan was blamed for knocking a Chicago-area man off his kayak, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, and into a pond, where he drowned.

The story says: “According to witnesses, the swan continued to swim after Hensley as he tried to make it to shore. By the time rescue personnel arrived, Hensley was under water. An autopsy found he died from drowning.”

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