Emu fatalities.

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Subject: Emu fatalities.
From: "Jon Wren" <>
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 12:41:07 +1000
Gooday all,
Front page story in the Bowen Independent this morning Wed. 24 July 2002.
Another story of the demise of wildlife by the misguided good intentions of locals and visitors.
Mount Gordon emu hit by semi-trailer.
An Emu that had made its home near the Mount Gordon Rest Area has been run down by a semi-trailer.
The Qld. Parks and Wildlife Service was advised on Saturday that the bird had been hit and killed.
The bird had become something of a tourist attraction since it first appeared at the rest area about a fortnight ago.
Council workers had tried to chase it away for its own good, but it kept returning because it knew it would be fed by people using the rest area.
An all-out effort was made to capture the bird and take it to a safer location last Thursday.
But it managed to elude the combined effort by a QPWS officer, the Councils Shire Ranger, the local Vet and a Qld. Police Officer.
QPWS officer Jo Wyeth said the Emu appeared wary of people attempting to catch it.
She said there was a possibility the bird had been hand raised and let go in an inappropriate manner.
"When people hand raise a wild animal, we should be notified when and where it is released into the wild." Ms Wyeth said.
Emus were "wild things" and should not be fed, even with the best intentions.
"It only tends to bring them closer to civilisation, and they lose some of their fear of man" she said.
"If fed they come to expect it. Emus are large and dangerous."
Ms Wyeth said in the case of the Mount Gordon Emu, feeding it only encouraged it to hang around. She warned people against feeding any wild animal.
There have been two other Emu deaths on the Bruce Highway north of Bowen in recent weeks. End.
Jon Wren
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