What Really Brings The Bridgeport Geese?
With geese being killed at a major intersection, many wonder why they're crossing the street in the first place.
If you have ever been in the area of the Bridgeport community, no doubt you will have seen a goose from time to time, or perhaps even a gaggle of geese.
The geese call Bridgeport home, and for good reason. According Interpretive Naturalist Wendy Langhans, the community and its large man-made lake are appealing.
"They come there because it's a source of food, it's a source of protection, and it's a water source," she said.
But the dynamic recently changed in the area with the opening of Bridgeport Marketplace. Located across the street, the shopping center also has a man-made water feature which the geese have grown to like very much.
Unfortunately, separating the two bodies of water is one of the busiest intersections in town.
"When you have two water features close to a busy intersection like McBean Parkway and Newhall Ranch Road, you're going to have geese crossing over, and when you mix it in with cars, you're going to have accidents," Langhans told KHTS.
The fact that the geese cross the roadway is known by many; in fact traffic on the roadway has been known to stop completely in order to ensure safe passage for the geese. However in some instances geese are being struck and killed by cars, which has led to some residents upset that the geese are there in the first place.
Some believe that the geese are actually brought in by the management companies, which is not true.
"We did not put the geese there," said Dale Donohoe, President of Intertex Companies, which manages Bridgeport Marketplace. "It is unfortunate that they're crossing over because they have a beautiful lake over in Bridgeport."
The truth is that the geese actually migrate to the area because it a desirable place to live.
"The geese are saying to themselves 'lets see, fly a thousand miles to Canada, or stay where we are.' They're not stupid, they stay where they are."
And the number of geese in the area may be on the rise because of procreation.
Another major problem, as witnessed by Langhans, is that good-natured people are feeding them. That can cause a series of problems.
"Wherever you have geese, you're going to have people coming and thinking that they're helping nature by feeding these geese, which is an example of doing what your heart tells you to do, but not your head," she said. "Sometimes we can actually kill geese with kindness."
Common items like bread crumbs are actually not good for geese, yet people are feeding it to them anyway.
Additionally, residents should understand that even if geese are fed proper bird food, the act will only make the area all that more desirable to more geese, which will likely result in more goose deaths on McBean Parkway and Newhall Ranch Rd.
Photos are of geese in the Bridgeport area, courtesy of Wendy Langhans.