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Trumpeter swans shot in Gallatin County

Investigators believe birds likely shot sometime around Feb. 19
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Posted at 8:51 AM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 16:08:13-05

BOZEMAN — Game wardens with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are seeking information on several trumpeter swans that were shot east of Manhattan.

The swans were discovered on Central Park Pond on Heeb Road,

Wardens and biologists were able to safely collect some of the dead swans off the ice. Initial analysis of the collected birds showed evidence that several of them had been shot illegally. The investigation is ongoing, and further testing on the dead birds is still pending.

Investigators believe the birds were likely shot sometime around Feb. 19.

Trumpeter swans are protected by state and federal laws for migratory birds. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Montana’s poaching hotline, 1-800-TIP-MONT (847-6668). Informants can remain anonymous, and persons who provide information that leads to a successful prosecution in this case may be eligible for a monetary reward.