RANCHO PALOS VERDES (CBSLA.com) — The city of Rancho Palos Verdes is moving forward with a plan to curb what officials are calling a peafowl population explosion.
Under a plan approved by city officials Tuesday, locals will be allowed to trap and relocate up to 150 birds a year in an effort to reduce the current peafowl population back to pre-2000 levels.READ MORE: Gusty Santa Ana Winds Topple 2 Trees On Same Sylmar Property
According to a census conducted last year, the number of peafowl in several Rancho Palos Verdes neighborhoods more than doubled from 125 to 285 over a four-month period in 2014, the Daily Breeze reported.READ MORE: CBS2 Morning Team Challenges KPIX To TikTok Bet Over Rams-49ers NFC Title Game
Researchers also found the overall peafowl population spiked by nearly 70 percent between 2011 and 2014, according to The Breeze.
In addition to the proposed measures, the Rancho Palos Verdes municipal code also prohibits anyone from feeding peafowl, coyotes, or “any non-domesticated predator.”MORE NEWS: Suspect Arrested After SWAT Standoff Outside 7-Eleven In Valley Glen
Two peafowl were found fatally shot in February by whom residents say is a man that has been killing peacocks in neighborhoods throughout the Palos Verdes Peninsula.