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Michigan DNR Probes Fatal Shootings Of Two Trumpeter Swans

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

NEW HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — State conservation officers are investigating the deaths of two trumpeter swans found fatally shot at a state park in southeastern Michigan. Conservation officers found the carcasses of an adult trumpeter swan and a young trumpeter swan at Wetzel State Park in Macomb County. Officials with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Friday the birds, which are a threatened species in Michigan and illegal to hunt, had multiple gunshot wounds. The Detroit Free Press reports the birds appear to have been shot a week ago while trying to land on a pond at the park. Trumpeter swans are North America's largest native waterfowl.