Peafowl Abatement Program Update
June 1, 2020 – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have announced an end to the Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) quarantine in Southern California. Extensive testing of the regulated area has been completed, with no additional detections of the disease. This allows poultry to again move freely within California. The City of San Marino will commence with the Peafowl Abatement Program as soon as the City obtains a vendor for this program.
Key Facts about Peafowl
Peacocks/peafowl have been observed in several neighborhoods in San Marino which has quickly become a preferred location for them to live. Peafowl were introduced in the City of Arcadia back in the late 1800’s and have become part of their community. Since then, peafowl have been seen in many neighboring communities as well as more distant communities including Palos Verdes. The City of San Marino contracts with the Pasadena Humane Society for animal control services but they will not assist with the removal or relocation of peafowl since they are considered wildlife. However, if you see an injured peafowl, please call the Pasadena Humane Society at (626) 792-7151. Here are some precautions and best management practices for dealing with Peacocks/Peafowl:
- Peafowl are afraid of dogs.
- Peafowl dislike water.
- Peafowl will avoid repellents, such as certain Bird-X products.
- Trim overhanging large trees.
- Be cautious when composting as peafowl are attracted to compost. Keep compost bins covered.
- Peafowl like to eat wild birdseed, bread and pet food. Keep pet food indoors or remove immediately after your pet has eaten.
- Peafowl like to eat seeds and plants. See below for plants you can use in your garden to deter peafowl.
- DO NOT FEED THE BIRDS!
Peafowl love these plants: Amaryllis, Begonia, Broccoli, Brussel Sprout, Cabbage, California Poppy, Cauliflower, Chive, Holly Berries, Impatiens, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Nasturtium, Pansy, Petunia, Primrose, Stock, Stock Cauliflower, Sweet Alyssum, Tomato, Water Stock, Young Spinach and any young plants
Below is a link to certain California laws protecting wildlife, including peafowl: http://humanecontrol.com/laws-and-regulations/