Perigrine falcon breeding pairs spotted in Black Hills

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) Breeding peregrine falcons have been found in South Dakota for the first time in 50 years.

The Game, Fish and Parks Department confirms that two pairs of peregrines successfully nested in the Black Hills earlier this year with each pair producing three chicks.

American peregrine falcons were removed from the federal endangered species list in 1999, but they're still listed as endangered in South Dakota, where there's limited habitat.

Since 1999 there have been four efforts in the state -- three of them in Rapid City -- to re-introduce the falcons. It is not known if any of the four adult nesters were released as part of those efforts.