Fowl goings-on in suburbs

16:00, Feb 27 2014
PEACOCK PEST: Residents are allowed to trap wild animals in a humane manner if they venture on to their land.

Up to eight peafowl have been caught on private land and relocated to Bombay.

The Auckland Council has decided the peacocks and peahens in Dannemora are wild animals and it will help residents capture them.

"People are entitled to treat them as wild and deal with them in a humane manner and council are only too happy to assist," Howick Local Board parks portfolio leader John Spiller says.

But it will only do so on private property.

"While they are on public property the council is not really motivated or in a position to remove them."

Many people who live close to where the birds roost in Logan Carr Reserve complain the majestic creatures dig up gardens, displace roof tiles, defacate on paths, crow outside windows and parade on roads.


Valerie Oughton lives bordering the park and at this month's local board meeting made an impassioned plea for something to be done.

The birds sometimes crow at 3am outside her window, and her son who used to stay with her twice a week doesn't any more because he has trouble sleeping.

"I'm really incensed about it," she says. "I am not going to hurt these animals, but I am not going to have them on my property."

Mr Spiller says a Glanworth Place resident captured a peahen and five young birds this month. Two other peafowl may also have been caught, he says.

"With the help of the [council's] biosecurity team they were captured and relocated to the Bombay area."

Local board member Bob Wichman says the council should not allow wild animals to breed on its land.

"These birds are having the same affect on some residents as would a pack of wild dogs, and the Auckland Council would have an obligation to rid the area of the wild dogs or other pests as we all well know."

Over the holiday period the council surveyed households between Fintona Place and Kilkenny Drive on what should be done with the peafowl.

Mr Spiller says some people who live closest to the reserve would like them all gone, but the majority don't mind or would be happy to have numbers reduced.

From the survey the council decided to help landowners capture and remove birds on their property.

"We certainly don't want to see any birds harmed. That would be quite repugnant to the board and unnecessary given that there are other options."

The Zen Garden in Whitford has offered to take some of the peafowl.

Eastern Courier