Neighborhood Wants Peafowl Gone

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BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., Feb. 15 (UPI) — A Florida homeowners association said it is considering a plan to pay $6,000 to have half of the neighborhood’s 400 peafowl rounded up and killed.

The Fox Hollow homeowners association in Boynton Beach said a trapper who has assessed the situation estimated the population of the nuisance birds at about 400 and would charge $6,000 to capture and destroy 200 of them, The Palm Beach Post reported Wednesday.

“Our management company, Southern Shores, has spent much time and effort trying to relocate some of the peacocks to other locations throughout Palm Beach County,” the association said in a letter to residents. “They have contacted county government and private organizations (i.e. zoos, etc.) for help with this project, with no interest shown by the public or private sector.”

The homeowners association is scheduled to vote on the matter Monday.

“I want every one of them out of here,” resident Dorothy Laswell said. “They bang on my French doors, throw themselves at my windows and wake me up every morning, jumping on my roof at 6 o’clock. And during mating season, they scream and holler.”

However, some neighbors said they do not want to see the birds harmed.

“They’re loud and they make a mess, but they’re beautiful,” said Cheryl Bickley. “I’m one of those people in the neighborhood who feeds them, even though I know I shouldn’t.

“It’s horrible that they would even think of killing them. I have a 3-year-old daughter, and my fear is that I’ll be driving down the block and she’ll see somebody strangling a peacock.”

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