Paul the Peacock roams the streets of Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Ark.- Paul the Peacock has been on the run for more than a decade. Although the officials in the Jacksonville community are known, they still cannot catch him.

Paul has been spotted in various locations around the city.

Jalen Taylor lives outside Cloverdale in Jacksonville. He said the first time he saw Paul he thought he was going crazy.

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“I said, brother, we couldn’t see this again,” said Jalen Taylor, who lives in Jacksonville.

What began as a rare peacock sighting in Jacksonville has slowly grown into a daily occurrence.

“He was out there this morning,” said Taylor. “I was in a church playing basketball. I just saw him walking around and said,” Brother, there’s a peacock. “

Taylor saw Paul again while riding a bike with his 6-year-old nephew King. King said he was amazed.

“I liked him,” said 6-year-old King Rancifer.

Dozens of other community members posted their sightings on Facebook, as did Taylor. They’re all trying to keep an eye on Paul’s whereabouts.

“He’s like a city mascot,” said Hedy Cass, Jacksonville Animal Control Supervisor.

Hedy Cass is the Jacksonville Animal Control Supervisor. She has been trying to catch Paul for more than 10 years, but it wasn’t easy.

“He’s quick, yeah, he’s quick,” said Cass, “

Cass said the phone usually rings with Paul’s sightings.

The calls were suspended for a couple of years but resumed in 2020.

Most of the time, Paul is seen sitting on a fence or roof.

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“If we can we’ll try to catch him, but if we don’t he’ll be fine, he’s been going for several years,” said Cass.

“I don’t think they can catch him the way he jumped on the house – I didn’t know they could,” said Taylor.

Paul has a bird’s eye view of this neighborhood while the community keeps an eye on him.

Cass said several rescues offered Paul a home if Animal Control could catch him.

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