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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago Park District said for the first time in the state of Illinois, piping plovers raised in captivity were released into the wild Wednesday at Montrose Beach.

The three plovers - gender unknown - were raised in captivity near Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan.

"There were some concerns that those chicks could not be returned to the location where they were collected because of predation issues," said Matthew Freer, Assistant Director of landscape with the Chicago Park District.

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