Peacocks and peahens have been spotted in neighborhoods across the Salt Lake Valley — but if you see one roaming about, and it becomes a nuisance, there’s no one to heed your call.

FOX 13 reports that the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources don’t deal with the birds because they are classified as “exotic animals." Salt Lake County Animal Services don’t either because they are considered wildlife.

Neither agency will respond unless it’s an emergency, according to FOX 13.

Richard Nowak, director at Avian Sanctuary and Protection in West Valley City, told FOX 13 that people shouldn’t call for assistance unless the fowl appear to be malnourished, and said the birds typically leave people alone.

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