Trumpeter swans released in Montana
The Associated Press
ENNIS, Mont. (AP) — A milestone in the effort to restore trumpeter swans to southwestern Montana’s Madison Valley was marked this week with the release of five 10-week-old signets.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/R4DkuC ) the signets were released Wednesday through a partnership between the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Montana Audubon Society.
FWP partnership coordinator Tim Hines says trumpeter swans were common in the valley before farmers drained the wetlands.
An 8,000-acre wetlands restoration project on the Granger Ranch began in 2003. The Trust for Public Land set up a conservation easement and is working with surrounding landowners to expand the wetlands.
Hines says the introductions will continue for at least five years as the agency seeks to establish a sustainable breeding population.
Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com
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