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Birders dismayed over unleashed dogs at Montrose Beach

Birders dismayed over unleashed dogs at Montrose Beach

The sandy shoreline of Montrose Beach early in the morning exudes tranquillity. But on several occasions in recent weeks, the calm has been broken by conflicts between two groups who love this spot for different reasons — bird watchers and dog walkers. Montrose Beach is the site of a protected bird sanctuary that is one of the premier birding spots in the Chicago area. Some 340 species have been seen here, including many rare ones. However, the sanctuary is adjacent to a large beach that is beloved by many dog owners as a spot to let their pets romp without a leash. That is an illegal pleasure. Dogs, leashed or not, are not permitted on Chicago beaches except for designated dog...

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