The occasional parade of geese and goslings across Vedder Road near Sardis elementary is a common sight in spring.
New Chilliwack resident Lukas Dodge loves the beauty of the city and the wildlife he sees.
But he was horrified to witness a goose get run over by a careless driver.
”I just watched someone run over a Canadian Goose on Vedder Road right before Stevenson,” Dodge posted on Facebook on July 11. “[Its] mate jumped in front of traffic, putting his wings up risking its life to protect her/him from being run over again. Most heartbreaking thing to see.”
Dodge said he chased down the driver, got him to pull over, and the man said he was sorry and didn’t see it.
”Well he was speeding and not paying attention. You could clearly see them crossing if you were going slow and respecting their home. With Chilliwack only getting busier, how are we going to protect these poor guys?”
Recently a woman created a petition to help save the geese from speeding cars on Vedder.
Dodge thinks the city should do something to protect the geese on Vedder, such as a creating some sort of crossing and enforcing speed limits.
Passionate about the subject, and deciding to be proactive, Dodge went and got signs made and he said he plans to go with friends and family and anyone else who wants to join him at Manuel Park on Sunday at noon.
“We want to try slow drivers down not just for the geese, but for the parents that are afraid to have their kids walk home from the school there,” he said.
”Chilliwack is not the small town it used to be and something needs to be done to protect the geese and the kids walking home from school before it’s too late.”
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