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Fewer Loons Made it Back This Year


DULUTH, MN (KDAL) - An inordinate number of loons on return from migration and headed for the waters of northern Minnesota didn't make it back this year after flying through ice storms in northern Wisconsin. After a storm last week, almost 60 loons were recovered on roads and in ditches, many of them encased in ice. Most were rehabilitated and returned to lakes where they could take off and finish their migrations. Wildlife research biologist Kevin Kenow in Lacrosse said many more likely came down in the woods and won't be found. Kenow said that while the phenomenon will affect loon populations to some degree, it won't be detrimental. Loons are territorial, and he said each year there are extra loons waiting for a lake to open up to them.