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Swans won't be collared anymore because of the tendency of the neck collars to ice up and become detrimental to a bird's health.(Steve Maanum/For the Enterprise)

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In one of my January columns I talked about the swans that are spending the winter on the Fish Hook River. I ended by asking what a male swan is called. The answer is a cob. A male is a cob and a female is called a pen. I bet you always wanted to know that, didn't you?

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