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Emu at-large dies during capture effort in Prescott

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Emu on Prescott roadway

Reports of an emu running loose in Prescott started coming into the Prescott Police Department (PPD) around 11:15 a.m. on Friday, June 15, according to PPD spokesperson Dave Fuller.

The large, flightless bird was first seen in the area of Campbell Street, then spotted weaving on and off Montezuma Street before Prescott Animal Control eventually corralled the ostrich-like bird in a backyard in the 200 block of Whipple Street.

Due to the danger to the animal and the close proximity of traffic, animal control officers attempted to use a net gun to capture the emu, Fuller said. However, the emu escaped from the net, so they then resorted to using catch poles.

As the emu was being led to an animal-control truck, it began to thrash about, Fuller said. During the struggle, the animal died.

An autopsy has not been performed to determine the exact cause of the death, Fuller said.

“Simply based upon initial observations, it could have been exhaustion, stress, age, heat related issues, or an injury sustained in the struggle, but that is all complete speculation,” he said.

The remains of the emu are being held at the Yavapai Humane Society, but no one has reported, inquired or come forward about the bird, Fuller said.

Overall, the animal was loose for about an hour, Fuller estimated, noting that PPD had received no reports of damage or injury that the bird may have caused to property or people during its brief walkabout.

— The Daily Courier

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