OWINGS, Md. (WUSA) --- The emu on the loose in Calvert County may have been shot dead Thursday morning.
Bobby Nutwell was hunting for geese on a private field by Chaneyville Road. Nutwell the bird ran toward the road. He says the bird looked like it would cause a traffic problem.
"My cousin said, 'There he is, going across the field! So I said, 'ten four' I said I'm going to him. And said I got him," he says. Nutwell remembers seeing the bird at least twice before.
Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans says there was a lost emu report from Anne Arundel County, but authorities have not identified the owner.
"We can't see any violations that the man did. [It was] just a judgment call on his part. He's a legal hunter," says Evans.
An emu has been on the loose in southern Maryland since November, 2010. The ostrich-like bird was last sighted Wednesday in Huntingtown.
Emu have sharp talons and can run up to 30 miles per hour. This one was about four feet tall.
Written by Elizabeth Jia
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