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Posted at 3:24 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Roving emu shot and killed in Calvert Co.

By Washington Post editors

Calvert County police A Calvert County farmer shot and killed a roving emu on Thursday after roughly nine weeks of hunting the 6-foot-tall wild bird. No one had come forward to claim the animal, the Washington Examiner reports.

Read more about the emu in the Washington Examiner.

This post has been updated and corrected

By Washington Post editors  | January 6, 2011; 3:24 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Comments

Can't wait for the animal rights squirrels to come out of the woodwork.

Posted by: madmike272 | January 6, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame roving human criminals aren't routinely handled the same way.

Posted by: Nghbrhdwatch | January 6, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Pure and simple, this is a case of poaching!! Just because you have a license to hunt doesn't mean you can kill anything you want. I'm disgusted that the county sheriff is so laissez-faire regarding that. Does not send a good message or reflect well on educated and humane hunters. It also makes Calvert County look like hillbilly central.

Posted by: missnattie | January 6, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

What happened to reliable journalism? The cops did not shoot the emu, so ignorant hunter did and if animal control had gotten off their butts after the dozens of calls made since November, this wouldn't have happened!

Posted by: Moore8974 | January 6, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

What happened to reliable journalism? The cops did not shoot the emu, some ignorant hunter did and if animal control had gotten off their butts after the dozens of calls made since November, this wouldn't have happened!

Posted by: Moore8974 | January 6, 2011 10:26 PM | Report abuse

My first question is where did this emu come from in the first place? Not a normal pet to have in rural areas. Second, how did it survive the cold in December without anybody seeing it, and finally why didn't the dumb redneck farmer just call animal control and let them handle it? No doubt Bubba will get bragging rights at the local bar, picture in the Calvert Independent, and have it stuffed and mounted in his knotty-pine basement.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | January 7, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Baltimore11- The Calvert County Police and Animal Control were notified many times of this animal (at least 4 calls from myself) this EMU was in my backyard for 3 weeks. Ample opportunity to capture the animal and take it to a safe place. I am aware that it is an animal and always unpredictable, but at no point in time did it some aggression. So the hunters claim that he felt his life was in danger and his animals were in danger is just an excuse, he just wanted to kill it. In addition Calvert County Animal control did know where the animal came from (they told me) and are now lying to cover their own butts. I am embarrased to even admit that I live in Calvert County!

Posted by: Moore8974 | January 8, 2011 9:55 PM | Report abuse

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