Skip to comments.Hunt For Peafowl ‘Killer’ Underway In Rolling Hills Estates
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 thats a good thing.
KNX 1070′s Ron Kilgore reports the city has asked the Los Angeles County Sheriffs 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 hasnt 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 Sheriffs Department and the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Controls 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, its 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 dont 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 thats where its coming from.
Damned noisy birds, that is for sure!
Them and guineas are good alarm systems, if you can stand them.
Time to roll out the drones..
How do they taste?
Them things are freakin hideous noise makers...
Chicken tastes like them...
Crossbow? Katniss Everdeen? ;)
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.
I wonder if NBC is going to pick up this story!
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.
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.
I’d kill the damn thing if someone turned them loose in my neighborhood!
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!
Peafowl are not wild birds. They are feral birds. So how does a law applying to wild birds affect peafowl?
Allen said. They do make some messes on your lawn and backyard area and then they get upset about it....
Well, at least the peafowl feel bad about what they have done, apparently. Perhaps they will eventually clean up after themselves, too.
But the dumb things are not even native to CA.
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