Sultan's peacocks gone wild

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 13, 2010 at 7:07 PM

SULTAN, Wash. - Five years ago, dogs broke into Ed Boucher's peacock coup. The Sultan man says only one of his birds, a male, managed to get away. The theory is that male attracted a female peacock escapee from a nearby farm and a wild population was born.

"Ever since then, they've been on the loose," said Boucher.

At first it seemed like like the estimated nine birds would become an attractive feature for a town hoping to attract tourists, but according to City Administrator Deborah Knight, they turned into more of an attractive nuisance.

"It's a problem for us," said Knight. "We've been notified that they do carry some diseases and it's probably best that we go ahead and capture them and relocate them."

It's believed all but two of the wild peacocks have been captured by a contractor and relocated to a refuge in Skagit County.

We caught a glimpse of one of the remaining fugitives, a colorful male that took flight in front of our camera.

Some residents, who are tired of the birds pooping on their yards and porches, are hopeful it is the last of a dying population. But many others who enjoy the peacocks are hopeful for a new beginning. The other remaining escapee is a female.

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