Thursday, June 16, 2005
That's Just Wrong: Peacock Nuisance
Pests or pets depending on who you ask, one South Florida community is for the birds. About 15 years ago, one of the neighbors bought a pair of peacocks. But since then, let's just say nature took its course. And now, some residents say that's just wrong.
WSVN -- There is no denying these birds can be breathtaking.
But unfortunately, peacocks don't have a beautiful voice to go with their stunning plumage and listening to that sound day and night is enough to make some neighbors cry fowl.
David Hered: "It's become a little bit of a problem. They squeal and squabble 24 hours a day."
So much so, David says the constant clatter is just wrong.
He admits the birds may add color to the neighborhood, but they also make too much commotion.
David: "I work out of my home and my home has become such a nuisance, I can barely think at some points of the day."
And the problem's only going to get worse. What started off as two birds has multiplied into too many.
David: "We are getting to the point that a hundred in the next year or so and it's a small street."
But removing the birds isn't so easy because some people don't think the noise is a nuisance.
Bobbie Hudson: "It's like listening to the ambulance or the train or sirens going. You just think well I know what it is. They're a good watchdog."
A good watchdog, but in this case, an illegal bird.
When we checked the law books, we found the peacocks violate several city ordinances including a noise ordinance that says: Owning or harboring any bird which by frequent or habitual squawking causes a noise disturbance is prohibited.
And the animal code which says: It's unlawful for the owner of any animal to allow it to run at large in the city. It's also unlawful to permit an animal to howl crow or cackle.
Still, when neighbors ask the city to clam up the critters, they always get the same response.
David: "Every agency has passed me off to another agency who's passed me off to another agency who has done the same so I've gotten a run-around."
But there may be a solution to the screeching. We talked to the mayor of Fort Lauderdale who told us he will have the proper city departments look into the issue.
Now, neighbors hope this will bring back peace and quiet instead of peacock pollution.
David: "I love animals. I'm not gonna hurt them. I'd like to see them go away, not injured."
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