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PHOTOS: Montana FWP staff rescue trumpeter swan on frozen Flathead Lake

| January 5, 2022 12:00 AM

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks staff received a report on December 30 of a lethargic trumpeter swan that had not moved for a few days on the ice near Somers Bay on Flathead Lake.

FWP staff Jessy Coltrane and Wendy Cole responded with a canoe, lifejacket, and lots of rope. Coltrane safely skimmed across roughly 150 feet of patchy ice and retrieved the swan with a net. She carefully hauled the bird back to shore with the help of Cole and Tanner Johnson, a local resident who reported the incident.

The swan was taken to Montana Wild Wings Recovery Center, a wildlife rehab organization in Kalispell. The Center identified extremely high levels of toxic lead in the swan.

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks staff received a report on December 30 of a lethargic trumpeter swan that had not moved for a few days on the ice near Somers Bay on Flathead Lake. FWP staff Jessy Coltrane and Wendy Cole responded with a canoe, lifejacket, and lots of rope.

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Coltrane safely skimmed across roughly 150 feet of patchy ice and retrieved the swan with a net. She carefully hauled the bird back to shore with the help of Cole and Tanner Johnson, a local resident who reported the incident.