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Neighbors want long-term solution for peacocks

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Updated: 1/21 11:19 am
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- The peacocks have come home to roost in an Amelia Island neighborhood, but the challenge to keep them there is just beginning.

"We would like to put measures in that keep the peacocks from being taken at the whim of a homeowner that may not like a peacock," said neighbor Pam Bell.

Action News has been following this story since the beginning, when our crews captured the first peacock trapping over the summer, then last week when a homeowner hired a trapper to remove the rest of the animals.

That sparked outrage among many other neighbors who say they've found a simpler solution: a motion-censored sprinkler system that scares off the peacocks.

"You can keep peacocks off your yard and that's what we would like to introduce to people," said Bell.

The group brought that idea to the Nassau County Commission meeting Monday night. With that and some concerns over liability in mind, the commission voted to form a group that would figure out a long-term plan for the peacocks.

"That's been one of our big concerns because once you are taking responsibility for them then you're also going to have to take responsibility for the damage they may do," said Nassau County Commissioner Steve Kelley.

Some neighbors said they'd like a wildlife preserve for the birds, but if they escape, commissioners said enforcement could be an issue. Still, they believe it's an idea worth looking into.
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Realchange - 1/14/2014 12:20 PM
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Peacock may be non native but unlike the pythons they are not eating every species in sight. They can be mean if provoked but it's not a dangerous species per say. Every snake owner in Fla should be required to get their butts down to everglades and catch and kill a python if they want to keep their snakes. Ferrets have been domesticated for thousands of years but must be sterilized. Put research into pythons the same way. If you want own pythons as pets they must find a way to sterilize the snakes BEFORE you can own one as pet. People worried about peacocks when you got feral cats and pythons eating everything in sight.... Boggles the mind.

Truthseeker - 1/14/2014 4:26 AM
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Pretty or not, peacocks are a non-native species just like the Norway rat or kudzu and should be protected in the same manner as any other non-native species.
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