NEWBERRY SPRINGS Motorists driving on Interstate 15 may have gotten a late Halloween scare when a loose ostrich appeared on the shoulder briefly Tuesday morning.

An ostrich was reported on the right shoulder of Interstate 15 on Alvord Mountain Road near Newberry Springs around 11:36 a.m. Tuesday, said California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Paul Ellis. Cal Trans officials were concerned that the animal would run onto the interstate and cause a traffic collision, so they cut the fence to allow the bird to run into the desert.

Ellis said the bird never ran onto the freeway and it was unknown where it came from.