WILDLIFE WATCHING — Should a hunter ever be excused for killing a trumpeter swan he misidentified as a snow goose?
Here are three notable reasons from Rich Myhre of the Everett Herald:
Because of their white color, trumpeter swans look a little bit like snow geese. But trumpeter swans are entirely white, while snow geese have black wing tips.
Trumpeter swans measure 6-8 feet from wing tip to wing tip, while snow geese measure only about 3 feet.
Most important, snow geese can be hunted during waterfowl season, but there is never a legal time to shoot trumpeter swans.
For additional information about identifying swans, go to www.trumpeterswansociety.org.