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  • Dozens of wild peacocks are reportedly wreaking havoc on a neighborhood in a California city.
  • Community members in Tracy, Calif., believe the birds, which have been roaming the streets for years, came from an unused dairy farm and began multiplying.
  • “Unfortunately the peacocks are beautiful birds, you want to admire them, but in these numbers they can be destructive,” Lieberman said.

Dozens of wild peacocks are reportedly wreaking havoc on a neighborhood in a California city, leading the community to take action to eradicate the feral birds. 

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Community members in Tracy, Calif., believe the birds, which have been roaming the streets for years, came from an unused dairy farm and began multiplying. Now local residents are looking to make arrangements with the city and a contract with Bay Area Wildlife Services to relocate around 30 to 40 of the birds, The Guardian reported

The outlet noted that the cost of relocation is estimated around $30,000, and the deal the Redbridge Homeowners Association is reportedly hoping to strike would split the cost with the city.

“If this were a pack of 100 rats that were scuffling around the yard or on the roof, no one would wait to deal with that problem,” Dave Lieberman, president of the Redbridge Homeowners Association, told The Guardian. “Unfortunately the peacocks are beautiful birds, you want to admire them, but in these numbers they can be destructive.”

“They have a peculiar kind of cry that sounds like a baby wailing. It’s a little distressing,” Lieberman added. “It starts early in the morning, it’s loud and then they land on the roofs.”


Tracy residents have noted the disregard with which the birds treat community members' property. One person told KCRA the peacocks “will definitely make a home, out of your home.” 

"Reproducing and causing property damage, stomping on the roofs. I mean that is crazy — sounds like there's people up there," the resident told KCRA.


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Residents also commented that the birds defecate everywhere. 

“The poop is huge,” Stephanie Voress, owner of the Redbridge General Store, told The Guardian. “It comes out like soft serve.” 

Voress told the outlet the birds are everywhere, adding she has “like eight of them sitting on my porch railing pooping.”

“They’re a nuisance, but they’re beautiful,” Voress said. 


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Published on Dec 01, 2021