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Hunt For Peafowl ‘Killer’ Underway In Rolling Hills Estates
CBSLA.com) ^ | Ron Kilgore

Posted on 06/17/2014 1:56:54 PM PDT by BenLurkin

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Someone is taking out peacocks in the city of Rolling Hills Estates – and residents are divided over whether that’s a good thing.

KNX 1070′s Ron Kilgore reports the city has asked the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to investigate the killings of at least 50 peacocks since June 2012.

Technically known as peafowl, the colorful birds, which are incapable of long flights and can grow up to 10 pounds in weight, can be heard issuing their distinct mating call throughout several neighborhoods in the South Bay city.

Some of the peafowl deaths have been determined to be accidental — largely involving the birds being struck by passing vehicles — but a number of them were found to be intentionally killed, according to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (SPCLA).

While Rolling Hills Estates has a Wild Bird Protection ordinance that prohibits anyone from shooting, trapping, taking or injuring any wild bird within city limits, officials say that hasn’t stopped an as-yet unidentified individual from killing peafowl with a pellet gun and crossbow or deliberately running them down in a vehicle.

Humane officers with SPCLA are working with the Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control’s Major Case Unit in the investigation.

City Manager Doug Prichard said there have been property owner attempts to trap and relocate the birds, but so far they have been largely unsuccessful.

“The neighboring birds just sort of fill in behind them, so for those who dislike peafowl, it’s pretty frustrating,” said Prichard.

A peafowl trap and removal program has been implemented for all areas of the city, except within the boundaries of the Dapplegray Lanes and Strawberry Lane homeowners associations, according to officials.

But resident Dale Allen, who lives in the Buckskin neighborhood, thinks the perpetrator or perpetrators may have moved to the area not knowing the birds were already longtime residents and protected by law.

“They don’t realize the peacock situation, the noise they make,” Allen said. “They do make some messes on your lawn and backyard area…and then they get upset about it, and I think that’s where it’s coming from.”


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1 posted on 06/17/2014 1:56:54 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Damned noisy birds, that is for sure!


2 posted on 06/17/2014 2:05:07 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: Red_Devil 232

Them and guineas are good alarm systems, if you can stand them.


3 posted on 06/17/2014 2:07:13 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: BenLurkin

Time to roll out the drones..


4 posted on 06/17/2014 2:10:18 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: Resolute Conservative

How do they taste?


5 posted on 06/17/2014 2:11:37 PM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: BenLurkin

Them things are freakin hideous noise makers...


6 posted on 06/17/2014 2:14:09 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Flick Lives

Chicken tastes like them...


7 posted on 06/17/2014 2:15:33 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: BenLurkin

Crossbow? Katniss Everdeen? ;)


8 posted on 06/17/2014 2:26:29 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Vendome
“Them things are freakin hideous noise makers...”

They are also destructive to landscapes. My sister's neighbor in Rancho Palos Verde (next to Rolling Hills) had them in their side yard and it was destroyed.

9 posted on 06/17/2014 2:27:46 PM PDT by chrisinoc
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To: Flick Lives
They were a favorite at the Court of Henry VIII. Peafowl isn't bad at all. I've got recipes.

/johnny

10 posted on 06/17/2014 2:28:27 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BenLurkin

I wonder if NBC is going to pick up this story!


11 posted on 06/17/2014 2:34:33 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: chrisinoc

Besides the noise and their destruction of landscape, they like to look at their reflection in the shiny surface of your car and peck away. They are truly hated by the vast majority of people in these parts.


12 posted on 06/17/2014 2:39:04 PM PDT by SixIron (Golf and liberal thinking- life's great frustrations)
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To: BenLurkin



13 posted on 06/17/2014 2:39:18 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: BenLurkin

The peacock wars have been going on for awhile in the PV area. They were brought in originally in the 20s, I’ve been told. They really do bring a unique character to the neighborhood.

I think it’s like living near an airport. If you don’t like the noise, don’t move there. I know they are noisy and messy. So what. If their numbers are managed, they are a net benefit to the local ambience.

If there are too many, the local 4-H group would probably happily collect their eggs and sell them.


14 posted on 06/17/2014 2:41:59 PM PDT by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: BenLurkin

I’d kill the damn thing if someone turned them loose in my neighborhood!


15 posted on 06/17/2014 2:44:08 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: BenLurkin
"Shhhh. Be vewy quiet. I'm hunting peacocks!"


16 posted on 06/17/2014 2:45:23 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: BenLurkin

Killed one when we were on the sprint car circut in the 50s and cooked it in the infield.

Don’t bother, they aren’t fit to eat, nothing but bones with skin streatched over it!


17 posted on 06/17/2014 2:49:17 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: BenLurkin

Peafowl are not wild birds. They are feral birds. So how does a law applying to wild birds affect peafowl?


18 posted on 06/17/2014 2:53:23 PM PDT by JimSp
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To: BenLurkin

Allen said. “They do make some messes on your lawn and backyard area…and then they get upset about it....

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Well, at least the peafowl feel bad about what they have done, apparently. Perhaps they will eventually clean up after themselves, too.


19 posted on 06/17/2014 3:37:58 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: married21

But the dumb things are not even native to CA.


20 posted on 06/17/2014 3:40:31 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: JimSp

Exactly. But it takes Californians... They just passed a law that all eggs must come from free range chickens, even those commercially processed from out-of-state. So guess the price of cheap eggs in California is going to go way up!

In most common sense areas of this world, feral animals that overpopulate and become a nuisance are disposed of on sight. Maybe they should consider doing so with Liberal Californians and their nanny state government officials!


21 posted on 06/17/2014 3:47:45 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: BenLurkin

I had one, very loud was not too sad when coyote got it.


22 posted on 06/17/2014 5:47:48 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I kept peafowl for about 10 years. It was an interesting, pleasurable, and educational experience. I decided not to replenish the flock when the last one died. At the time I had no close neighbors, and the closest had approved my endeavor.

They are a lot of work in Wisconsin because they need shelter and a heated barn in the winter. I was never able to hatch their eggs, but I used a lot of their eggs in baking. You couldn’t tell the diffence in taste from a chicken egg, but they made hise rise cakes and breads because they are so much bigger — about 2 1/2 the size of a large egg from the grocery store.

They can discern the diffrence between the sound of your car and a stranger’s car and really set up a fuss when a stranger comes on the property. Their cry sounds like “rape” to the uninitiated.


23 posted on 06/18/2014 6:52:10 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Red_Devil 232

I kept peafowl for about 10 years. It was an interesting, pleasurable, and educational experience. I decided not to replenish the flock when the last one died. At the time I had no close neighbors, and the closest had approved my endeavor.

They are a lot of work in Wisconsin because they need shelter and a heated barn in the winter. I was never able to hatch their eggs, but I used a lot of their eggs in baking. You couldn’t tell the diffence in taste from a chicken egg, but they made hise rise cakes and breads because they are so much bigger — about 2 1/2 the size of a large egg from the grocery store.

They can discern the diffrence between the sound of your car and a stranger’s car and really set up a fuss when a stranger comes on the property. Their cry sounds like “rape” to the uninitiated.


24 posted on 06/18/2014 6:53:11 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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