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Family Of Geese Crossing 1-25 Gets Deputy Escort

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Interstate 25 in Colorado came to a dead stop on Friday when a family of geese decided to cross the road.

Two adults and four goslings walking near the Dry Creek area interchange were dangerously close to vehicles, Michael Madziarek, with the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, told KUSA.

Despite the danger, they would not fly away because they were with the goslings.

Madziarek said deputies “herded” the geese “like cattle” back to a grassy area away from the roadway.

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In the meantime, traffic backed up nearly half a mile.

Earlier this month, a similar incident in Washington state caused two wrecks on Highway 16, one of which sent a motorcyclist to the hospital.

Washington State Troopers received a call around 1:30 p.m. May 21 reporting the birds moving into the northbound lanes of the curvy highway. Around the same time a wreck involving two cars was reported. A short time later a motorcyclist rear-ended a vehicle which had slowed to let the birds pass.

A Kitsap County sheriff’s deputy managed to get the geese off the road, but they came back.

Trooper Russ Winger told the Kitsap Sun that wildlife authorities have tried to deal with the geese over the years without any success.

“If they want to cross they will keep trying until they can,” Winger said. “Every year they do it, there is not much we can do.”

“We just hope people don’t swerve and do crazy things to keep from hitting them,” he added.

Sources: KUSA, Kitsap Sun