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Swan harvest is something to trumpet

Humboldt Parks Department employee Dana Jensen uses a boat to try to steer the Trumpeter Swans into the right area of the pond for capturing last week. The five nearly grown cygnets were relocated to other areas of the state. Humboldt Independent photo.

Five Trumpeter Swans were relocated from the Humboldt swan pond along Highway 169 last Tuesday, April 8.

The swans were born last May and are being relocated as part of the Iowa DNR’s program to bring back the Trumpeter Swan. A total of six swans were born last year with five surviving. In 2012, three swans were born and just one survived to be relocated in the spring of 2013.

Dave Hoffman, DNR Wildlife Technician based out of Clear Lake, said they hope the Trumpeter Swans will nest in the wild eventually. He said the last time they nested in the wild in Humboldt County would have been in the late 1800s. The swans were gone from Iowa from the late 1800s until being reintroduced by the DNR with the tremendous help of the public and support from cities like Humboldt.

The captive breeding program in Humboldt is helping the cause. To read more about the program and see more photos, read this week's Humboldt Independent. The full edition is available by clicking on the "Subscribe Today," link above.