Whether it's the work of a lone murderer or a crazed crew, someone has been killing off the peafowl of Palos Verdes—primarily Rolling Hills Estates—with a variety of depraved methods, including arrows and poison, over the last two years. Now, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (which has been monitoring the murders) has gotten what might be a lead: they've released a sketch of a man who they say was seen shooting a peacock from his Mercedes-Benz in an area of Rancho Palos Verdes near RHE—an attack that resulted in the bird's death, according to the LA Times.
The man is described in the SCPA release as white, in his fifties or sixties, and having gray, receding hair. He was wearing a white shirt and aviator-style sunglasses at the time he was seen sitting in a Mercedes on a Rancho Palos Verdes road, drawing a pellet gun, and shooting a peacock as it stood in a driveway, being majestic.
It's not known whether this man is a one-time peafowl murderer or if he knows anything about the many peacock killings in the area. Anyone who sees the suspect or has information about him is asked to notify authorities.
· Sketch released of suspected peacock killer on Palos Verdes Peninsula [LAT]
· Eyewitness Provides Description of Alleged Peacock Killer [SCPA]
· Someone is Serial Murdering Peacocks in Rolling Hills Estates [Curbed LA]