UPDATE Jan. 6
The emu on the loose in the northern part of Calvert County was shot and killed on Thursday, Jan. 6 after a farmer found the roaming bird off Chaneyville Road in Owings.
The farmer told authorities he believed the animal was a threat to his safety and to the safety of his own animals, so he shot and killed the bird.
The farmer will not face charges due to the fact no environmental or wild animal gaming laws were violated.
The origin of the emu and how it ended up loose in the county remains a mystery.
Residents Beware: Emu Running Loose in Calvert
The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Unit wishes to notify the public that an emu has been seen running loose recently in the Huntingtown area.
The Emu is similar to an Ostrich and can stand up to six and one half feet tall and run at speeds up to 30 MPH. The Sheriff’s Office began receiving calls for this loose bird around the Thanksgiving holiday and at that time, it was reported to be in the Dunkirk area. Animal Control Officers (ACOs) have responded to these calls and have either lost sight of the bird or it was already gone upon their arrival. At this time, the owner of the emu has not been identified.
If you spot the emu, please do not try to approach it as it uses its feet to defend itself. The feet have toenails that are like a knife and combined with its powerful legs, can cause severe injury.
Citizens are asked to contact the Animal Control Unit at (410) 535-1600 ext. 2526 or 911 if the emu is in the roadway or creating some other type of emergency situation. If ACOs are able to get the emu contained in a fenced in area, they can arrange for safe transport back to the owner or to another safe location.
Anyone who has any information concerning the owner of the emu should also contact the Animal Control Unit.
Note: The picture above is a generic image of an emu, not the actual bird on the loose.