'They want to gang up and get rid of the peacocks'
GOSHEN, Ore. - If you feed them, they will come.
Emily Bowman has been serving up wild game food to the peacocks in her neighborhood for years.
"This is very expensive stuff," she said.
The peacock whisperer worries her new neighbors aren't as interested in the birds.
"They want to gang up and get rid of the peacocks," Bowman said. "The peacocks was here before the school was."
"They" are the Willamette Leadership Academy. The school moved in next door this year - except when they are under the peacocks, instead.
"One bounce and a flop of a wing and they're up there," Col. Roger McClelland said, pointing at the roof where as many as 15 peacocks have been perched at once.
There are over 30 peacocks roaming the halls.
"They drive us insane as far as having to clean up after them everyday," McClelland said.
The peacocks are pretty messy, and feathers aren't the only things the birds are dropping. If you're not careful where you're walking, you might step in a pile of it.
And even if you dodge the droppings with your feet, you can't avoid the foul smell of peacock presents left on sidewalks and handrails around campus.
"And they mess in the grass where our students sometimes have to do pushups," McClelland said.
The stuff gets tracked inside the school.
But is it a health risk?
"There's no poop in the kitchen," said Zach Manning, a Lane County Health Inspector. "That's really all our area of expertise, so hopefully that answered the question."
With no one claiming these pesky peacocks as their own, the neighborhood is meeting to discuss their feathered fate.
"I love them," Bowman said. "I don't chase them away. I love em."