#ALERT! Animal and pet lovers beware...

Miami Herald:

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/coconut-grove/article156062084.html#storylink=cp

By Linda Robertson

A peacock was shot out of a tree and plunged to its death on a quiet lane in South Coconut Grove.

Peacockicide: It has come to this in Miami, ground zero for the battle between residents who love the bejeweled birds and treat them as exotic pets and those who loathe the invasive species and shun them as a squawking, defecating nuisance.
Peacocks divide Coconut Grove community
Al Diaz adiaz@miamiherald.com
Miami's peacock population is growing, and many neighbors are annoyed by the loud squawking noise, the poop, the destruction of their plants and the scratching of their cars. Others love the beautiful birds causing feuds between pro-peacock and anti-peacock residents in the Coconut Grove area.

Nobody knows who committed the fowl deed. The only witnesses were his fellow birds roosting in the same tree who fluttered down to watch him take his last breaths.
“Hunting in Coconut Grove? Only savages could do this to a beautiful peacock,” said Adriana Mosquena Vick.

She was walking near her home along Lybyer Avenue on Sunday morning when she heard a dozen gunshots. She turned and saw something falling through the air.
“It sounded like a branch or a palm frond or a coconut coming down, but it was too big and I thought, ‘That is not a coconut,’” she said. She clambered over a fence into the backyard of an empty house and found the limp peacock.

“The poor bird — it took him five minutes to die,” she said. “The other birds were surrounding him and they seemed sad and confused.”


South Miami is on the verge of passing a new law that will slap a $500 fine on anyone caught feeding peacocks or other feral animals.

“They’re not going to disappear if we eliminate the supplemental feeding, but we can bring the numbers down,” said Mayor Philip Stoddard, a zoologist who had three in his neighborhood and now has 40. “Also, foxes like to eat the young ones. So be nice to the foxes.”

Residents have suggested feeding a contraceptive called Ovo Control P to peafowl. It was originally developed to control pigeon populations.

City of Miami and Miami-Dade County commissioners are fielding more and more complaints about peafowl from exasperated residents. A law prohibits capturing the birds unless they are released into a protected area. The city asked nine animal sanctuaries around the state if they would accept peafowl; all said no.

“The commissioners have not resolved anything because they dread calling in the peacock lovers and the peacock haters for a food fight at county hall,” Stoddard said.

Vick believes peacocks come with life in Coconut Grove. She resents new residents who have cut down trees and poisoned possums. She thinks the person who shot the peacock failed to adapt to a neighborhood that wants to remain wild.

“The peacocks do make a lot of noise at night,” she said. “This killer probably had insomnia.”
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