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.
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