‘It’s a horrible, shrill sound’: Loud, loose peacocks cause sleepless nights in North Cowichan

'It's a horrible, shrill sound': Loud, loose peacocks cause sleepless nights in North Cowichan
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Dick Zandee moved to his lakefront North Cowichan home for the peace and quiet, but says squawking peacocks now roaming loose there are turning the tranquil spot into a source of headaches.

“It’s a horrible, shrill sound. The worst part, aside from listening to it all day is at night, you have to sleep with your windows closed, and I even wear earplugs,” Zandee told CHEK News on Thursday.

According to neighbour Mona Anderson, the birds also peck at her windows, roost on her roof and defecate daily on her patio.

“And I have to go out with my water and my hose and spray to get rid of it. You shouldn’t have to do that every morning. If you had dogs in the neighbourhood that messed all the time they’d be taken away,” said Anderson.

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So Zandee reached out to North Cowichan’s Bylaws Department and Animal Control, who supplied Zandee with a live trap.

“They use it mainly for aggressive dogs,” said Zandee.

Then he has to sit in wait, for the moment the peacock enters the cage, and pull a rope that the senior has rigged up to his second floor window, to catch it.

“And last year they brought the trap out and we caught two of them, and this year I’m hoping to catch a few more,” said Zandee.

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The trap is shown. (CHEK News)

The owner of the farm where the peacocks are coming from, declined CHEK News’ request for an on camera interview on Thursday, but said the peacocks came with the property when he purchased it nine years ago, and that they are a historical feature of the Quamichan Lake neighbourhood, and pre-date many of the houses built there.

He added that he would welcome an officer to come onto his property, trap and get rid of them, though he said he would not be willing to go to the expense himself.

“They are their animals, so I think they have to take responsibility for them,” said Zandee.

“You can’t have animals running free and there not be any consequences to other peoples properties. It’s just not fair,” said Anderson.

But in the meantime, Zandee will be on watch with the cage that’s now parked in his driveway, hoping to solve the problem of the peacocks, just as more peacock chicks hatch next door.

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