Somebody is killing peacocks in the Greenbriar neighborhood of Clearwater.
Now there’s word that shots meant for a bird almost hit a neighbor.
It’s truly a love-hate relationship in the neighborhood when it comes to peacocks.
Somebody is shooting the birds.
Two weeks ago, it was a bow and arrow and last week it was a gun.
“I head a shot go by and I was like, ‘wow, what was that?’ Just like on TV,” said Ruth Blondell with the Greenbriar Neighborhood Association.
Blondell described a scary scene as she investigated the last shooting.
“Ten seconds later, another shot came by and one of the peacocks in the road spun around,” she said.
Rick Chaboudy, with the Suncoast Animal League, retrieved the dead peacock.
A vet took an x-ray, showing numerous pellets in its body.
“Before long, it’s gonna hit a neighbor. It’s gonna hit a human being. It’s bad enough that it’s hitting the peacocks,” said Chaboudy.
Hatred towards the birds is ramping up, with a notice posted on a neighborhood web page advertising a “1st annual peacock hunt” on Saturday.
“That’s not what we do in residential neighborhoods. It’s not okay,” said Blondell.
It’s also not legal, unless it’s on your own property. Blondell suggests people moving here should be told about the peacocks.
To those already here, this advice:
“If you let the peacocks be peacocks, they will be insect eaters. They will roam around the neighborhood. Certainly there’s gonna be plenty of bugs around,” said Chaboudy.
The bird shot with the bow and arrow survived. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is very aware of what’s going on here.
So far, it hasn’t made any arrests.
The peacocks are here to stay.