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Trumpeter swans making a comeback in Ontario
Magnificent in flight, cantankerous on the ground, this indigenous species – the largest waterfowl in North America – had vanished from Ontario.
Swans were hunted in the 18th and 19th centuries for their feathers and their skins, which were used to make powder puffs. Their feet were used for change purses. Based on archaeological evidence, it appears that swan meat was a substantial part of the diet at the Jesuit mission of Ste. Marie Among the Hurons in the 17th century.

The restoration of trumpeters in Ontario began with swans eggs obtained through the Canadian Wildlife Service and Alberta's department of natural resources. The first trumpeters were hatched in mute swan nests – the females didn't object to the newcomers, but the males did. They'd attack the trumpeter cygnets, which were a silvery colour, compared to the brown mute cygnets.

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