A California town has an unusual problem. Every day the citizens live in fear, not from robbers or bandits or even 2020’s murder hornets. But they’re a struggle against a peacock infestation.
According to New York Post, peacocks have overrun a town on the West Coast. The colorful birds are usually a major draw at zoos and other forms of petting zoos. But in Tracy, California, they’ve garnered a reputation as something of a public menace.
Several residents reported the birds crawling across rooftops. They’ve also made a spectacle on people’s lawns and porches, gathering in groups. But according to reports, the worst ends up being the mess that the birds leave behind. Residents have found large quantities of excrement left in the bird’s wake.
“They will definitely make a home, out of your home,” local resident Terina Lacey told KCRA 3. A peacock is the male of the species peafowl. But the whole family of the bird is making living in Tracy a bit of a living nightmare. Lacey says the birds are “reproducing and causing property damage, stomping on the roofs. I mean that is crazy — sounds like there’s people up there.”
So where did the birds initially come from? Is there some evil factory out there importing peacocks to torment the residents? Not exactly. The origin of the birds actually traces back to a local property. A dairy farm, now closed, owned several of the birds.
Peacocks VS. Town
But residents actually played a hand in their own eventual fate. At first, residents became enamored with the birds. According to Brittany Pasquale, the city’s animal services supervisor, families began to feed the animals off of the farm.
And of course, animals often go toward where the food is at. There’s an old adage about never feeding a stray cat unless you want 20 at your door. Well, peacocks and birds, in general, are no exception. And there isn’t just 20 peafowl, there are actually 30 of the birds.
And they are here to stay. Given they’ve interacted with people for years, the birds also aren’t scared to get up close and personal with people. Unfortunately for the residents of Tracey, that means some property damage and a couple of close encounters.
“Sometimes they get a little close; they’ll charge at you, do a little funny stuff,” postal worker Corey Marzett told the outlet. And we thought that our commute to work was bad. We definitely don’t want to stand in the way of a charging peafowl.
But things could change in the near future. The city has decided to fight back against the menace. They have agreed to a $30,000 contract to get the birds removed from the town. They will be humanely relocated, according to the outlet.