Peacocks Are Crowding L.A.!

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Residents of Los Angeles County are getting overrun with wild peacocks!

The birds, which have been living in the area for over 100 years, but have been causing property damage and keeping residents up all night with their loud shrieking.

The birds were first brought to the area in the late 1800s, and were considered a status symbol. Farmers used them to control the pest population and to serve as a burglar alarm because their loud screaming.

Over the past years the peacock population has exploded and efforts to relocate the birds away from residential areas were put on hold because of an outbreak of Newcastle disease in local bird populations.

Local officials are trying to deal with the issue and have proposed an ordinance to ban people from feeding the birds, as the L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control and County Council now has 90 days to draft an ordinance to prohibit people from feeding the birds.

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