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Trumpeter swans off Alberta at-risk list, but provincial fish not so lucky

A trumpeter swan stretches its wings on Potter Marsh on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Anchorage, Alaska. The honking of trumpeter swans has grown a bit louder in Alberta. The province says the big bird is doing well enough to be taken off the province's threatened species list. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo/Dan Joling

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A trumpeter swan stretches its wings on Potter Marsh on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Anchorage, Alaska. The honking of trumpeter swans has grown a bit louder in Alberta. The province says the big bird is doing well enough to be taken off the province's threatened species list. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo/Dan Joling

WABAMUN, Alta. - Alberta has taken trumpeter swans off its threatened species list, but the province's official fish isn't so lucky.

The bull trout — along with the Athabasca rainbow trout, pygmy whitefish and western grebe — is now considered threatened due to declining or small populations.

Environment Minister Robin Campbell says a recovery plan will be developed and put in place to protect and rebuild their populations.

Trumpeter swans aren't totally out of the woods.

They are still identified as a species of special concern.

That means they are still vulnerable, but not in immediate danger.

The county of Grande Prairie is home to a large, natural breeding ground for the swans.

"We worked closely with other stakeholders in the area to ensure guidelines and land-use plans were followed to protect them and their nesting areas," county Reeve Leanne Beaupre said Wednesday at a news conference in Wabamun, west of Edmonton.

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