Escaped Emu Returned to Farm Uninjured

North Cowichan\Duncan

2019-08-13 11:29 PDT

File # 2019-14400

On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at 9:44am while on routine patrols in the 8000 block of Chemainus Road, Chemainus, British Columbia, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP front line officers located an emu on the road that had escaped from a nearby farm. The emu was described as being 5 feet 7 inches tall, and was approximately 100 lbs. The emu was disrupting a steady flow of traffic and it was quickly discovered that it was a safety concern for passing motorists, pedestrians, and residents.

Officers blocked traffic on Chemainus Road in both directions for approximately 30 minutes while they attempted to calm and safely handle the emu. Coastal Animal Control was called to the scene and quickly attended. The emu was quick to agitate and was aggressive towards officers. A joint approach plan with Coastal Animal Control Officers was formulated in order to minimize the risk of injury to the emu, the public, motorists, and the officers.

In consultation with Coastal Animal Control Officers, it was decided that utilizing a Conducted Energy Weapon might be the best course of action to gain control of the agitated animal. As such, the CEW was subsequently discharged and the emu was secured by officers, and transported to a nearby farm at the owner’s request. The emu appeared to be uninjured from the incident.

Our primary concern is always safety… not only to the public and to our officers, but also to animals. We are pleased that officers were able to maintain public safety while using as little force as necessary towards the aggressive emu to ensure its safe return to a nearby farm, said S/Sgt. Chris Swain, Acting Officer In Charge, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.

Released by

Cst. Amron Christensen

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP
6060 Canada Avenue, Duncan, British Columbia V9L IT4
Office: 250-748-5522
Fax: 250-746-2126


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