Like many Southern California Areas, one in the city of Rancho Palos Verdes is home to a Wealth of peafowl.
He birds – known as peacocks if male, peafowl if male or female – are shared on Palos Verdes peninsula. Residents often visit them in trees, in drives and at times even in roads.
“It’s part of character – creates Palos Verdes exceptional,” David Tai,” one resident of the area, stated.
Many residents do not mind sharing the space with their neighbors that are overburdened, and even go so far as feeding the birds.
But that feeding clinic usually means the peacock population is quickly growing out of control. Citywide, the amount of birds increased by 121 last year to 181 this year, causing difficulties for some residents.
“Specifically intersections by our home, there there can be upwards of 40 peacocks at one time at the intersection, with cars going by – it is dangerous,” resident Paige Asawa.
Mike Maxcy, a wildlife specialist, was hired by the town council to set up large cages to trap the birds and relocate them.
Rancho Palos Verdes has been trapping the birds because 2014, but stopped the app last year once the numbers became more manageable. Now, the birds are breeding like crazy.
“The problem is if you have 13 or 14 birds living in your garden, they poop in your deck, destroy your flower gardens, break your roof tiles and this time of year, breeding season, the males call most of the night and all day,” explained Maxcy.
Before this week, the city council voted to allow Maxcy to trap and relocate 50 peafowl from 2 areas: Sunnyside Ridge and Vista Grande.
For many residents, it is disappointing news.
“We wanted to keep them here – I am not happy to hear that information,” said resident Sue Khurtz.
The birds will be safely hauled, unharmed, to ranch farms between Bakersfield and San Diego, where they could roam free.