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Trumpeter swans play through

  Trumpeter swans have set up housekeeping in Utah for the first time in recorded history, with three of the swans settling in at a golf course near St. George. State wildlife officials discovered the swans after golfers complained that the birds, which can grow to six feet from tail to beak, interfered with their game. The birds flew from Pinedale, Wyo., 600 miles north, and their migration to St. George marks the first success of a Wyoming public and private venture to protect the sensitive species. Golfers dropped their objections when they learned of the trumpeter's importance, reports The Denver Post.