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Trumpeter swan shot in Waconia, recovering in Roseville

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A team of wildlife experts are trying to save an endangered trumpeter swan. The swan was found shot and wounded in Waconia, Minn. this week and now the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville, Minn. is trying to help it heal.

Vets at the center say they usually see injured swans brought in during the hunting season in the fall and in the winter. A woman in Waconia is helping an injured swan spread its wings in time for the unofficial start of summer.

“When we first noticed the swan it was perched over on the north side of the water,” said Nina Salveson, who found the injured bird. “I was very sad and angered.”

Salveson spotted the bird on the pond by her house. She thought it may be nesting, but after looking closer, the swan had been shot. She had the bird brought to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to be treated for what she thought was a broken wing. Vets found in addition to two fractured shoulder blades that had healed but left the bird grounded, the bird also had a gunshot wound on its left side from a few weeks ago.

“I don’t think you could mistake a swan for geese,” said Agnes Hutchinson with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. “Why do people shoot swans, I don’t know.”

Trumpeter swans are protected on the endangered species list and due to its injuries, this swan will probably not be released back into the wild or be able to fly again.

“I feel very blessed that I was able to do something that potentially helped to save this bird,” Salveson said.

Salveson said an investigator from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife office in Bloomington, Minn. is looking into the matter but told her he doesn’t know if they will ever find out who shot this particular swan.

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