NOVEMBER 18, 2014 CITY COUNCIL REVIEW OF THE 2014 PEAFOWL CENSUS
On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at 7:00 PM at Hesse Park Community Building, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, the City Council will review the 2014 Peafowl Census Report that was conducted in June and October 2014.
Click here to view the November 18th City Council Staff Report
October 2014 Peafowl Census
On October 20 and 21, 2014, Animal Pest Management Services conducted a focused peafowl census in following five Rancho Palos Verdes neighborhoods:
- Portuguese Bend
- Vista Grande
- Sunnyside Ridge
A similar survey was conducted in June 2014, which revealed an overall 23% decrease in peafowl numbers from 2011-2012 (the time of the previous census). As a result, Staff reported to the City Council that it did not propose any City-sponsored trapping at that time but would follow-up with another 2-day census in October (the time frame recommended by Animal Pest Management Services) so as to reassess the need for trapping. It should be noted that these neighborhoods listed above were surveyed in 2011-12 with the exception of the Grandview neighborhood which was added to the June 2014 census due to an increase in the number of reports/complaints received by staff from that neighborhood.
Click here to view the October 2014 Animal Pest Management Services Report.
Since 2000, the City has been collecting data from the census reports to monitor the peafowl population trends. For 2014, the June 2014 2-day results and the October 2014 2-day results are being reported as an average for comparison purposes since the previous years involved 4-day census results.
Click here to view the Peafowl Census Data Summary Table
As a result of the most recent survey results, Staff intends to present an item to the City Council at its upcoming November 18th meeting recommending that the City Council consider City sponsored peafowl trapping in targeted neighborhoods.
Inquiries related to peafowl in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes should be directed to Daniel Pitts, Code Enforcement Officer at 310-544-5228 or via email at Danielp@rpv.com.
Background Information :
Over the years, the peafowl population within the City has grown and expanded its territorial boundaries. While many residents enjoy the presence of peafowl in their neighborhoods, others have reported increased concern and burden of living in close proximity to large numbers of peafowl. Common complaints reported by residents include excessive fecal matter, property damage to roofs, cars, walkways, etc., street traffic disruption, decimated flower and vegetable gardens, noise and high birth rates.
Although historically the City has encouraged residents to practice passive methods of discouraging peafowl from visiting their property, the City discovered that these measures were ineffective when applied to large established peafowl flocks.
Although there are no statutes prohibiting residents from trapping peafowl on their own private property, peafowl trapping is a unique specialty service not readily found in a telephone book. In addition, the Los Angeles County Animal Control Department does not respond to peafowl service calls unless the bird is injured.
Typically during the spring and summer, it's animal mating season and the peafowl tend to wander far and wide, but they generally return to their regular flock territory in the fall. Peafowl like many wild animals seek easy sources of food, water and shelter. In many areas in the City, established peafowl flocks are sustained because residents actively and regularly feed these birds. So as exciting as it is to have an exotic visitor, don't encourage them by offering food. If you'd like to deter the animals from visiting your property, you may want to consider using water to scare them away
Additionally, according to Chapter 10.84 of our City of Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code, it is prohibited from feeding peafowl, coyotes or any non-domesticated predator.
If you do observe Peafowl, you may report this sighting to the City for G.I.S. tracking purposes.
If the animal is injured you may contact the Los Angeles County Animal Control
by calling (310) 523-9566.