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Spring is toxic to migrating tundra swans stopping here

As the swans feed at the marsh, they swallow polluted sediment that can lead to their deaths. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
As the swans feed at the marsh, they swallow polluted sediment that can lead to their deaths. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

WILDLIFE -- It's been well publicized over the years, but we can't let people forget that our lower Coeur d'Alene river basin is a toxic stew for migrating waterfowl, thanks to the waste of a century of upstream mining.

An eyewitness to a swan death report the observation complete with a photo, posted on Huckleberries online.




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