Peafowl Census Report May 17
On May 17, the City Council will review the Peafowl Census Report, an annual count of peacocks and peahens in RPV neighborhoods. The City Council will also consider whether to pause or resume the City’s humane trapping program in 2022 until a new census is conducted in 2023.
The hybrid in-person/virtual meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in McTaggart Hall at Hesse Park and via Zoom. Watch live on the City website or on RPVtv Cox 33/Frontier FiOS 38.
A staff report (PDF) for this topic is available on the City website. Please submit your comments to the City Council in advance of the meeting by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to provide comments during the meeting or leave a pre-recorded voice message, please complete a form at rpvca.gov/participate.
For some background, the City implemented a periodic humane peafowl trapping and relocation program in 2015 in response to complaints from residents about the growing peafowl population and associated impacts (noise, property damage, etc.). It is not the City’s intent to eradicate the peafowl population, but to manage the population at levels identified in 2000 and to educate the public on how to coexist with the birds. This is all in an effort to strike a balance between differing opinions in the City.
Every year, the City Council receives a report on the past year’s trapping program (if trapping was conducted), as well as a census report for the current year’s peafowl population, to determine whether or not to resume trapping. Trapped peafowl are relocated off the Palos Verdes Peninsula to homes that have been screened by the trapping vendor and reviewed by the City to ensure the individuals adopting the peafowl have some avian experience and have adequate space for peafowl to roam freely. Under no circumstances will the trapped peafowl be euthanized or treated inhumanely.