2011-04-28 / Local & State

Police Shoot And Kill Wandering Emu In Central Pa.

MANHEIM, Pa. (AP) –Police in central Pennsylvania have shot a stray emu that had been wandering around for days and eventually headed into a residential area.

The large, flightless bird had been criss-crossing the Penn Township and Manheim areas for more than a week. Police say that initially it was mostly in the countryside, so they weren’t concerned about it bothering people with its sharp claws.

But the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reports police decided to shoot it Tuesday after it wandered into a residential area and children were chasing it near a school.

Penn Township police Chief Larry Snavely says authorities shot the animal to protect residents from getting hurt.

He says the emu’s carcass has been donated to a wolf sanctuary.

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