Granite City IL Police shoot, kill Emu


Jeff White
October 11, 2006, 07:00 PM
Emu shot and killed by police in Granite City
By Leah Thorsen


Six times during the weekend, police here responded to the same call: a 100-pound emu running wild near Illinois Route 3.

The 5-foot-tall bird caused quite a ruckus, especially when it wandered into traffic on the busy highway, Police Chief Richard Miller said.

But each time, the rogue avian evaded capture - until Monday morning.

That's when officers shot and killed the emu near Old Rock Road, Miller said.

"We tried to do what we could for two days," he said.

Hitting an emu with a car could have caused a nasty crash, he said. And the claw-footed animals can get mean if they feel threatened, which is why officers decided there was no choice but to shoot the flightless bird that looks like an ostrich.

On Tuesday, police in Granite City weren't sure where the emu came from, although they heard rumors that someone near Interstate 270 might be raising the birds, Miller said.

No one had called police to report a missing emu.

The birds are raised on farms for their meat and other products.

The American Emu Association says emu meat tastes like lean beef and has more protein and fewer calories than most other red meats. No local breeders are listed on the association's website.

Emu oil also is used in cosmetics and lotions, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, and emu hides can be used to make leather goods.

Meat from the fatally wounded Granite City emu is being cut into steaks and ground into burgers to be donated to a local food pantry, Miller said.

While sightings of uncorraled emus are rare in Illinois, they're not unheard of.

In June, police in Carbondale cornered an emu and shot it after getting several reports that it was running in a residential area and even pecking on the window of a home.

"It's unfortunate that people have these animals and are irresponsible," said Ledy VanKavage, a Collinsville-based attorney for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 618-659-3640

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October 11, 2006, 07:11 PM
Meat from the fatally wounded Granite City emu is being cut into steaks and ground into burgers to be donated to a local food pantry, Miller said.

They could have at least killed it first.

Heavy Metal Hero
October 11, 2006, 07:14 PM

Stiletto Null
October 11, 2006, 07:17 PM
ArmedBear, you are a terrible person. :D

October 11, 2006, 07:49 PM
Oh! I thought they shot that lame ass comedian.:neener:

October 11, 2006, 08:06 PM
Emu in carbondale a few months ago and now emu in granite city. I never understood the need for a car rifle but with this recent outbreak of southern illinois bird attack... :D

Chris Rhines
October 11, 2006, 08:15 PM
After Lawdog's experience with Emus, I don't blame the cops for shooting first...

- Chris

October 11, 2006, 09:49 PM
You do not want to fall down in a pasture of EMU's They will eat you.

October 11, 2006, 10:05 PM
Dunno why they didn't find a guy on a horse to just rope the emu...? :D

Neither do I know what emu meat tastes like, but I've tried ostrich and didn't like it. Nor would I want to raise them - I would think the smell of burning feathers when you brand them would be awful :p

chestnut ridge
October 11, 2006, 10:19 PM
Here in middle Tennessee; the emu market busted, the slaughter plant
went belly up; and the owners of the now worthless birds often loaded
them into trailers and drove out somewhere and turned them loose.
These birds could make a living in the wild; at least in the warm months.
Catching one of them is impossible; also they can kick your head off.
So we are used to seeing them running down the roads. Best to shoot them
and leave them lay; as the meat stinks.

October 11, 2006, 10:27 PM
Did adding lead to bird-meat qualify as making an emu-lsion? (

October 11, 2006, 11:18 PM
Emu chili !

Sure - feed big bird to the poor children - that will keep them out of theropy ! LOL ! :neener:

October 11, 2006, 11:51 PM
I've always hoped to see one of this things while deer hunting. Same in Arkansas they got released and are out there just waiting to kick your head off. Watch out.

October 12, 2006, 12:29 PM
OK, OK No one has said it...... WHAT GUN FOR EMU:p

Dave P
October 12, 2006, 12:56 PM
I'm with Jeff50 where are the details??

--officers shot and killed the emu --

What caliber, how many rounds? Was it a one shot stop? Head shot maybe?

Did it run around like a chicken with its head cut off (the old dead chicken EMU-lation)??

El Tejon
October 12, 2006, 01:29 PM
I've had ostrich (restaurant in Evansville), but not emu.

So, does emu taste like (really big) chicken?:neener: :D

October 12, 2006, 02:24 PM
Used to live in South America and the landlord had a rhea (In the same class as the ostrich and emu.) that had the run of the place. He had a thing for my wife's green swimming suit but other wise made no trouble. We just had to look both ways for rhea traffic before crossing to the pool.

October 12, 2006, 02:30 PM
I am not sure about the emu's ability to kick, never seen them do it, but they can sure scratch real well.

The meat actually is a bit like beef with a slight nutty taste in my opinion.

Every recipe that you will see for emu meat will generally contain the phrase "simmer for three hours". If you do not do this, it is a lot like eating rubber bands.

October 12, 2006, 03:24 PM
Uhoh! Where was Benny while all this was going on? :neener:

"T'aint chickens. Emus" grunted the rancher. (

October 12, 2006, 06:51 PM
Just imagine the size of the drumsticks. they may change the name to kentucky fried emu- one per customer.

October 12, 2006, 06:54 PM
I would probably freak out if I heard a tapping at my window and only saw a giant chicken/ostrich outside. :what:

October 12, 2006, 08:42 PM
Maybe that's why Dick Cheney had buckshot in his shotgun?

October 12, 2006, 08:45 PM
What choice did they have..."it was comin' right for 'em" :)

Bad Southpark reference.

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