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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – You can hear and see them everywhere in Coconut Grove – hundreds of brilliantly colored peacocks who roam freely.
But they are not loved by everyone.
On Sunday, police said someone shot and killed a peacock.
“It’s terrible because they’re part of us, part of nature, part of Coconut Grove,” a resident said.
With the population exploding over the years, there have been ideas floated to control the peacocks. Some have suggested limiting breeding while others recommended shipping them to a sanctuary.
Whatever the idea, nothing has stuck.
“We’ve been dealing with this for 30 years,” said Pam Noonan.
Noonan says the peacocks inhabiting her roof don’t keep her up at night anymore but they are a nuisance
“There’s a lot of defecation because they live in the trees, an so, you know, that’s a constant battle to keep it clean,” said Noonan. “And then they eat everything, everything.”
Miami Commissioner Ken Russell, who lives in Coconut Grove, said he’s studying legislation, like they’re looking at in South Miami, to prohibit the feeding of peacocks.
Miami is a bird sanctuary, he said, and the county has regulations protecting them. He said it’s essential to not feed the birds because it could encourage clustering.
Yet, it’s not uncommon to see residents feeding the peacocks.
“I only feed them when they’re here,” said one resident.
Getting bird lovers to stop the feeding will take time.
Fair or fowl, the peacocks are here to stay.