PLATTSMOUTH — A 6-foot emu running loose for weeks in Cass County has been killed by Plattsmouth police.

The emu named Lucy was shot near Rhylander Park by police after officers determined she posed a public safety threat.

Plattsmouth Police Chief Steve Rathman says the emu had migrated into the city and had become more of a threat to citizens.

Lucy's owner of 10 years, Marvin Vogler, says she was wild. He says he unsuccessfully tried to recapture her for weeks and at one point asked for the help of several high school runners, but no one could catch her.

Emus are typically curious, shy birds, but they have strong legs and sharp claws that can make them dangerous if they become defensive.