Peacocks run loose in northeast Jackson neighborhood - - Jackson, MS

Peacocks run loose in northeast Jackson neighborhood

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

They've been seen on rooftops, in trees, and even on some people's cars in a northeast Jackson neighborhood. The culprit: peacocks, which residents say have invaded their yards.

"They've been running loose. They've been cornering people in their houses." said Jamie Huff, who lives nearby. "We've got a bunch of elderly people and they're afraid to come out of their house." 

Huff said they've put up with it for the last few months in the Heatherwood neighborhood. The source of this frustration: a house on the corner of Kaywood Drive and Kaywood Circle, where three peacocks -- and a few chickens -- reside.

Within an hour of our arrival, one had already flown to the owner's roof.

"People have just been scared to come out of their homes because they don't know what they'll do,"  said Huff.

Neighbors said they've reached out to the owner of those peacocks, but nothing came of it.

"He's been very unresponsive," added Huff.

Owner John Robertson agreed to an interview shortly after our crew knocked on the door, and even showed us the animals in question.

"They love to get up on my house and roof at night," said Robertson.

Robertson said he's well aware of how high and how far his peacocks can fly, but says they're harmless and hardly aggressive.

"I didn't intend to keep them so long, but I just can't part with them. They're just gorgeous," added Robertson.

Robertson admitted he didn't know whether any city laws prohibited keeping the peacocks on his property.

A 3 On Your Side investigation found the birds could be considered a public nuisance based on their actions, and could violate two sections of the Jackson code, including running at large and removal of waste from private property.

"It's more important to maintain a good relationship with my neighbors," said Robertson. "As much as I love my birds, they will have to go, and it breaks my heart, but that's reality." .

The ordinance defines wild animals, listing several types that fit the criteria, but the definition could be open to interpretation because peacocks themselves are never mentioned.

It's also not clear if the birds would be considered livestock, which is regulated.

Either way, Robertson could likely be found liable for his animals' actions.

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