CARNEGIE (KDKA) – There’s a bit of a mystery in Carnegie as officials are trying to answer the age old question, why did the geese cross the road?

Of course, the obvious punch line is “to get to the other side.”

That’s exactly what a flock of geese did Thursday morning and have been doing every morning for the past few weeks.

“This was new for me. And it was a Sunday morning when I first saw them and I saw them crossing the street and what was amazing to me was, they were actually within the crosswalk,” Carnegie Police Chief Jeffrey Harbin said.

Chief Harbin said he’s received two complaints so far about the Carnegie geese, but most people are just getting a kick out of the growing family.

Now, drivers are becoming increasingly aware of the geese crossing.

“The lead guy started walking across the street, almost got clipped and the next car went by and kind of went diagonal so that no one could get by and then you had this little parade of geese. They’ve been fantastic,” Greg Diulus said.

“Aside from the geese droppings that our Public Works crew has to deal with every once in a while, I’m not looking at this as a bad thing right now,” Chief Harbin said.

Rumor is someone has been feeding them loaves of bread in the early morning, keeping the waterfowl close to the intersection, expecting seconds.

That’s something Chief Harbin advises against for the safety of the geese and the potential for accidents.

The question remains will the geese call Carnegie their summer home?

“Whether or not they come back next year, we’ll just have to wait and see,” Chief Harbin said.

Chief Harbin said with all of the serious calls they take on a regular basis, this is comedic relief.


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