- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ENNIS, Mont. (AP) - More trumpeter swans will be shipped to the Madison Valley throughout the next five years, as state wildlife officials continue to establish nesting pairs on a private ranch south of Ennis.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported (https://bit.ly/2x4Qxw7 ) Wednesday that market hunters decimated the trumpeter swan population in the region by the early 20th century, but conservation efforts have brought the birds back.

State officials have released trumpeter swans on the Granger Ranches each year since 2012 and plan to continue doing so until they see swans nesting there.

Last week, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the release of five swans this fall and similar introductions each year until 2021.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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