Miami Agrees To Do Something About Its Peacock Problem

MIAMI (AP) — Peacocks may very well be on the outs in some South Florida neighborhoods after the Miami-Dade fee agreed to loosen a legislation defending the birds.

While the 20-year-old legislation nonetheless protects peacocks from hurt, commissioners agreed Tuesday to permit cities to choose out in the event that they current applicable plans to humanely take away the divisive birds from areas the place they’re not wished, the Miami Herald reported.

“Mating season is when we get the most complaints. They get very aggressive,” stated sponsor Raquel Regalado, whose district consists of neighborhoods in Coral Gables and Miami the place peacocks roam freely. “They lay their eggs, they build their nests, they peck the cars.”

Neighbors typically conflict over the peacocks. Some love the colourful birds whereas others complain of droppings, noise and the injury they trigger by roosting on vehicles or homes.

“In my district, we learn to live with these peacocks,” stated Commissioner Danielle Cohen Higgins, representing Palmetto Bay, which has designated itself a chicken sanctuary. “They almost become a part of the community. I know our residents lose it when anyone harms any of these peacocks.”

Non-native species tend to wear down their welcome in sunny Florida, the place the state wildlife fee has inspired the killing of iguanas and Burmese pythons.

The county’s 2001 peafowl ordinance was adopted following a petition drive to save lots of a flock of peacocks in south Miami-Dade, forbidding their killing or seize. An exemption allowed owners to take away them, and one neighborhood did so in 2020 after an modification allowed for removing of extra peacocks.

State legal guidelines on non-native species stop them from being launched again into the wild, nonetheless, and lots of sanctuaries received’t take them.

“We searched statewide for a sanctuary or zoo that would accept them,” stated Assistant Director Kathy Labrada. “The alternative is humane euthanasia.”

Regalado initially tried to repeal the ordinance fully, however different commissioners resisted to keep away from killing the birds, the Herald reported.

“Are we talking about sentencing peacocks to death now?” requested Commissioner Oliver Gilbert.

Commissioners lastly agreed 5-4 to water down the legislation, permitting cities to choose out after submitting peafowl “mitigation” plans.

Regalado stated the problem for municipal leaders might be discovering locations to relocate the peacocks, since euthanizing them possible received’t win assist.

“This really is not about killing,” she stated. “This is about moving.”

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