Much ado about peacocks

The young peahen that appeared in Naramata a few weeks ago has a new home, but its two male siblings are nowhere to be found.

RDOS Naramata director Karla Kozakevich says no one has seen them in several days, so it's possible a predator got them.

"They wouldn't be as savvy to the fact we have a cougar that comes down to the village, which was sighted last year, and there's also a bobcat, coyotes and other predators around," she said.

There is also the chance that someone came and trapped them and never told her, she added.

The three young birds showed up at The Centre at Naramata in early May, upping the peacock population in the village to six.

After Kozakevich and centre executive director Janet McDonald put out word they were seeking a home for the new birds, they were contacted by people who have a farm in Summerland.

"These folks said we have a male peacock and a female that died, so they were interested in the peahen and also know how to trap birds," said Kozakevich.

Last Saturday they came and got the peahen, but could not find the two other youngsters.

When they couldn't find the younger ones, they tried to trap an older male, but some folks in the village got really angry with them, said Kozakevich.

The peahen is apparently doing well at the new location, and Kozakevich considers it a really good outcome.

"Now she's living on a farm with acreage and being cared for by people who know how to look after peacocks," she said.

Although one situation appears to be dealt with, the RDOS director continues to hear complaints about the noise made by the remaining older male birds and their droppings.

"It's always a contentious and divisive issue," she said. "There are people who love them or are fed up."

Her hope is someone with rural property in Naramata, will come forward and adopt one or two.

Another idea is having the birds live at a vineyard that has lots of acreage.

"We need some folks to come forward and create a solution," she said.


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