Geese crossing the street

While the babies are young and flightless, it’s pretty common to see families of geese trying to cross busy city streets or blocking traffic. They’re probably on their way to or from their feeding or nesting grounds. It may seem like a good idea to try to catch the family and move them to a safe spot, but this risks scaring off the parents and scattering the babies.

What can I do to help?

Human safety first

Human Safety First! Never put yourself or other people in danger to help a family of geese cross the road. Concerned citizens can help by waving at drivers to alert them to the birds, or asking passersby with pets or children to keep back. Remember that crossing roads is a fact of life for urban wild animals, and one of many skills the babies need to learn from their parents.

Get signs put up

In areas with large goose populations, many municipalities will put up street signs warning motorists of geese crossing the roads. This helps to keep everybody safe. Talk to your local city councillor, community group, or residents’ association to see if this is an option if you often find yourself worried about geese.

Geese on the highway

Some rescues are best left to the experts, and goose families on multi-lane highways with barriers and heavy traffic may need help. Contact your local wildlife rehabilitator to see if they can help—often, local or provincial police have to get involved in these situations to make sure no one gets hurt.