Canada Geese Offspring Dying In Tower Bridge Support Pylons

There's a deadly trap for wildlife next to the Tower Bridge. Wildlife rescuers are concerned about geese laying eggs inside the pylons that help support the bridge. When those babies hatch, they don’t survive. And now, there’s a push for a solution.

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- A deadly trap right next to Sacramento's iconic Tower Bridge. Wildlife rescuers say geese are laying eggs inside the pylons that support the bridge. And, when those babies hatch, they don't survive.

- CBS13's Anna Giles is live in Sacramento with the push to save the goslings. Anna?

ANNA GILES: Yeah, people walk over the Tower Bridge every day but may not notice what's right within eyesight. These geese see the pylons as a good home. They make a nest, but the babies can't escape.

Scenic Tower Bridge connects cities and people. But the gateway to Sacramento can be a major roadblock for wildlife.

ALLYSON SECONDS: It is, um, absolute death for these goslings--

ANNA GILES: The Canada geese that call this area home are building nests inside the bridge's support system, two feet down in these metal pylons.

ALLYSON SECONDS: Well, the geese think it's a great place to lay their eggs because it seems so safe, and no one can get to them.

ANNA GILES: Wildlife activist Allyson Seconds says, when the goslings hatch, they're too small to jump out of the pylons. And, even if they could, they'd fall to their death.

ALLYSON SECONDS: It's sad because it is preventable.

ANNA GILES: So we asked, who would be responsible for the nesting geese at Tower Bridge? Caltrans does maintenance on the bridge but not the pylons where these geese nest. That job falls to the city of Sacramento. A spokesperson told us they will not remove the geese unless they show signs of distress, and they're exploring possible long-term solutions.

ALLYSON SECONDS: Even though all the goslings are going to die, they'll come back the next year. And they will do it again.

ANNA GILES: At many other waterways in the Sacramento region, caps have been installed on top of pylons. These prevent the geese from nesting or even sitting on them. Rescuers call it a simple solution to make Sacramento's river delta safe for all creatures.

ALLYSON SECONDS: Ultimately, it is their home. We are visiting their home. So we really should care, and we should do better.

ANNA GILES: Back out live here where you can see the other problem for these geese, trash. People are throwing bottles in there. We could even see a stroller inside one of the pylons. A lot of that trash can be toxic to the geese.

- Oh, hopefully this will make people think twice, then. Thanks, Anna.