COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Pesky peacocks are ruffling feathers in an east Naples community. They're attacking people's cars, and neighbors are fed up.
The peacock problem is on Lorraine Avenue, where people say the birds have caused thousands of dollars in damage. Animal control says they are stray birds, and have been roaming this neighborhood for years.
Jade Hays couldn't believe her eyes when she saw a bird going bonkers over her car. The peacock caused hundreds of dollars worth of damage. "For all that to happen -- on my new car. It upset me. I actually called my mom in tears," she said.
The peacock also attacked her brother's car. Their father is furious, and called animal control. "Somebody has come out or I'm going to shoot it," said Andrew Byerly.
He's also concerned about safety. "If this thing gets pissed off enough what's it going to do? Attack a person next? What if a 7 year old was out playing and one of these things decided to attack that kid?"
WINK News learned it's nesting season. When a peacock gets territorial, FWC says it will attack even its own reflection. A Collier County Animal Control spokesman tells WINK News it's working to trap the birds right now.
Neighbors say the sooner -- the better. "I'm really upset. I work really hard for my car," sad Hays. "Get rid of them. They're getting to the point where they are being a nuisance now," said Byerly.
Neighbors say the peacocks also break rip through pool cages and damage homes.
Over the past couple of years, animal control has removed a dozen peacocks from this area. They are sold at auctions.