Mysterious peacock sighting in Idaho

Mysterious peacock sighting in Idaho

Credit: Gene Halberstadt

Mysterious peacock sighting in Idaho

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by Matt Standal

kvue.com

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 8:03 PM

BOISE, Idaho -- The tree-lined streets of Idaho's capital city have long been a haven for wildlife.

Here, we have the Boise river which is regularly stocked with wild steelhead. There's also the majestic foothills with their secretive herds of elk, plenty of coyotes, and skulks of slinking foxes.

You can't forget about the resident deer who roam the golf courses, along with the wily mountain lions sometimes sighted on the Greenbelt.

Not to mention the stunning peacocks that invade the backyards of Columbia Village.

Wait a minute -- peacocks?

According to Gene Halberstadt, one of the iridescent birds was sighted in his backyard on Sunday. The Columbia Village resident said he discovered the peacock after returning home and letting his dog out.

Halberstadt said that's when he saw the beautiful peacock "just strutting around like he owned the place." He took several pictures of the bird.

The bold creature was apparently unafraid of man. Halberstadt said that's because he strutted around for another ten minutes before departing in a flourish of green and turquoise for another backyard.

"We've seen coyotes, deer, birds of prey, but this is a first," Halberstadt told KTVB.

Idaho Fish and Game communications specialist Mike Demick said wildlife officers haven't received any reports of mischievous peacocks on the loose.

However, Demick did say the peacock is likely a stray from a nearby game farm or ranch.

"They're not native to here. They're not suited for the winter," Demick said, describing the warm-weather characteristics of the 8 to 13-pound bird which typically grows a five-foot-long fan tail.

According to National Geographic, pea fowl are native to the Indian subcontinent and have been kept as pets for thousands of years.

Demick says there may be a local ranch that raises them in Star, Idaho.

National Geographic also reports the creatures "can be testy." However, Halberstadt said that wasn't the case with this bird.

"It didn't show any signs of aggression," Halberstadt said. "It didn't attack me like a goose."

Despite the unusual report, Demick says his department doesn't typically deal with peacocks, because peacocks aren't really wild animals.

"If anybody has lost their peacock, that's probably the place to look," Demick added.

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