'The peacocks are vandalizing our cars'

'The peacocks are vandalizing our cars'
UNION GAP, Wash. -- A group of unusual suspects has grabbed the attention of law enforcement. Officers say it's time to chase the pack out of town -- they just aren't sure how.

Police say in the past few months they've received several calls about the "animals." They're accused of scratching cars. One woman even reported damage.

But it's not a bunch of car prowlers -- rather a group of wild peacocks.

Watch: Peacock attacks car

The peacocks have run wild in Union Gap for years. But, recently they run in and out of traffic causing people to slam on their brakes.

Their high-pitched mating call has also been disturbing.

"There's been six, seven cars backed up waiting for them," said a Union Gap woman.

Todd Pulse said the peacocks gather on his property on S. 3rd Avenue. Most people think they're his, but he says that's not true. He just can't get rid of them.

"I move them around, chase them around, but that's all you can do," Todd said.

Todd says most people might think he's cruel for wanting them gone. But Todd says he's the one who has to deal with them.

"There's complaints all the time. The peacocks go across the road. I would like to see them be relocated," Todd said.

Police say they feel like a pretty bad accident can happen if the animals keep darting in and out of the busy streets near Ahtanum Road.

Police say they still aren't sure what they'll do with the peacocks. A sanctuary is willing to accept them. The trouble is police would have to catch them first.

Catching them is something Todd's been trying to do for years.

In spite of the trouble, some say the animals should stay.

"Sometimes you have to slow down when you're crossing the street, but they seem generally harmless," said a neighbor.

"I think they should stay. It's part of nature," said a Union Gap woman.