A recent story out of Cape Canaveral involves the death of 10 peacocks in a three-week span inside the gated Ocean Woods community. Some residents in the community fear that the birds have been intentionally killed as a result of the noise, droppings and other activity which some residents may see as a nuisance. This story raises several interesting questions.
Whose decision should it be whether a community actually imports animals as opposed to those who find their way into the community on their own? Many communities now stock their lakes with fish and some even go to the trouble of purchasing ducks, swans and peacocks to add "color and character" to the neighborhood.
For the full story, click here: http://www.wltx.com/news/watercooler/article/185551/363/Feathery-Whodunnit-Foul-Play-Suspected-in-Peacock-Deaths
This wouldn't be the first time that wildlife inside a community posed a problem for some residents and the animals themselves. A community I represented some years ago had swans in their lake. The board had specifically purchased the swans and had posted signage that the residents were not to feed or in any way interfere with the animals. Naturally, one resident took his five-year old son down to the water with some bread in an attempt to feed the swans during mating season. Swans are very territorial during mating season and the child and father were both chased by an irate male swan. Of course, the father then threatened a lawsuit despite the fact that he had ignored the prominent signage posted by the community lake.
In yet another community, a tenant was fined for leaving out food for ducks each night that not only attracted ducks but possums, rats and other critters. The tenant was warned to stop that practice but she advised that the ducks would go hungry but for her nocturnal feeding pattern.
Some folks simply appreciate the beauty of a community's wildlife from afar, others want to hunt it and some want to feed it.
Lastly, in a case out of Tennessee, sometimes it's not the animals out in your community's lakes and parks but the ones in your neighbor's next door unit. When police raided the South Nashville condominium of a convicted felon, they discovered not one but three alligators inside the home!
For the full story, click here: http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/17752569/police-find-alligators-in-condo-during-drug-bust
Many association documents do contain a provision prohibiting exotic animals. As for my own West Broward HOA, we have had an otter playing and entertaining in our canals for the last 2 years. We believe he is an escapee from Flamingo Gardens!
What is the most exotic animal you've ever found taking up residence in your community?