There’s a ‘cock killer roaming SoCal

by sanjosebarstool

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NBC Bay Area – Police are looking for whoever is responsible for killing peacocks in a Southern California coastal equestrian community.

For the past two years, nearly 50 peafowl have been killed by BB guns, arrows and poisonsome killed over consecutive days—in the neighborhood of Dapplegray in Rolling Hills Estates, said Lt. Cesar Perea, of the Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  Perea, who is investigating the cases, said there are no suspects, but investigators have leads. Using a weapon to intentionally kill a peacock is a felony in California. Punishment can include a fine and up to three years in prison for each killing of the bird with brilliant blue and purple feathers. 

Despite their charm, they can damage roofs and vehicles, Perea said. “They peck at vehicles,” he said.

The birds have been a fixture on the South Bay area peninsula for 100 years. Some 1,000 birds populate the area.

Many are found in specific neighborhoods. Homeowners on Dapplegray have adopted rules that prohibit the removal of the birds so they tend to congregate there.”I think they’re beautiful and I have no problem with them,” Rolling Hills Estates resident Eunice Berman said. “I knew they were here before I moved in here.” But not everybody likes the feathered animals. In areas outside of Dapplegray, permits for trapping and releasing the birds are available. “The population just grows and people don’t like them in their area,” said Andy Clark, Rolling Hills Estates community services director, adding that there are simpler ways to keep the birds away. “Squirt some water in the area and they’ll take off,” Clark said.

Being a student of zoology and from many hours in the Stone Zoo aviary, I can tell you that most large birds are assholes. Swans, Canadian Geese, huge assholes. Then you take into account how much angrier the ones are that can’t fly and a flashy wardrobe, and you realize that the peacock in the biggest dickbag in the bird game. Just this huge douchebag going around, not even in the wild really, trying to impress ugly female birds. So it doesn’t surprise me that the human neighbors have finally taken up arms, or at least one man going out of his way to make sure peacocks aren’t getting in his way. A bit excessive to kill them? Sure, I can agree with Johnny Law on that but after your car has been pecked and shit on for 5 years in a row by the same asshole birds, when do you get to draw the line? Especially when you know these birds are literally the “VH1 Pick Up Artists” of the skies (or sidewalks).

 

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