MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin wildlife officials are urging duck hunters to make sure they don't kill trumpeter swans and whooping cranes.
Despite being removed from Wisconsin's endangered species list in 2009, it is illegal to kill trumpeter swans due to the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. According to DNR reports two trumpeter swans were shot lost year. One died, and the other recovered at the Minnesota rehabilitation center and was released.
As well as being protected in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, whooping cranes are also protected under state and federal endangered species laws. Currently, whooping crane chicks are moving through the state behind an ultra-light plane on their way to their winter home in Florida.
The Department of Natural Resources is warning duck hunters to make sure they identify their targets before pulling the trigger.