To some, the two dozen peafowl who remain wild in the hillside area above Angeles Crest Highway near tiny Glenola Park are inspiring for their novelty and beauty.
To many others, the noisy, messy birds make for lousy neighbors.
But neither side in the years-long debate over whether to allow wild peacocks and peahens to remain in La Cañada is likely to stop squawking anytime soon.
Following a series of impassioned arguments from a dozen residents who spoke both for and against total peafowl removal, City Council members decided Monday to step up efforts to trap and relocate some of the birds — only not in great enough numbers to harm the flock's ability to reproduce, leaving neither side completely satisfied.
"I think it's a very flawed compromise that we have. We're not making anyone happy, but maybe it's the best we can do," said Councilman Steven De Guercio, who along with Councilwoman Laura Olhasso ultimately favored Mayor Donald Voss's middle-ground approach.