St. Paul Hunters can face fines if they mistake a swan for a goose during the waterfowl hunting season, according to the Minnesota DNR. Fines for shooting swans can run as high as $700 and include possible confiscation of firearms and restitution of up t

To avoid accidentally shooting a swan during the waterfowl
season, hunters should become familiar with the differences in both
size and markings of swans and geese. Swans are three to four times
bigger than snow geese. Swans have necks about equal in length to
their bodies. Swan sightings should be reported to Steve Kittelson,
DNR Trumpeter Swan Restoration Project leader, at (651) 296-9662 or
1-888-646-6367.

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