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Goslings cause I-5 traffic jam

A family of geese and goslings caused a Monday morning traffic jam on Interstate 5 before being herded safely off the roadway.

"It was a happy ending for the family of geese," said Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Gary Leaming.

The geese wandered onto I-5 not far from North Medford's Exit 30 after apparently passing through a breach in a fence that had been cut by someone, he said.

An emergency call about the geese came in at 8:26 a.m., with the caller fearing the birds would be hit and killed. Another caller reported a woman was out of her vehicle on I-5 and attempting to help the geese off the roadway, Leaming said.

ODOT activated a reader board along I-5 warning drivers of congestion ahead because of the geese.

ODOT employees responded to the scene and were able to move the geese off the interstate at 8:52 a.m., Leaming said.

He said the hole cut in the fence will be repaired.

Leaming said it's not uncommon for wildlife, including geese, to wander onto the freeway.

Four geese and more than a dozen goslings were later spotted at about 9 a.m. waddling on a sidewalk bordering McAndrews Road in Medford not far from I-5. The geese then ambled across the road, causing drivers to pause and let the geese and their fuzzy, flightless offspring cross safely.

The geese walked over an embankment down to an area filled with grass and trees along the Bear Creek Greenway. They were last seen grazing in the grass and drifting away from McAndrews Road.

— Reach staff reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.

A family of geese stopped traffic Monday morning on Interstate 5 and later on McAndrews Road. [ODOT Photo]