While they are majestic birds and their goslings are cute, their droppings are a nuisance and their aggressive behavior can be intimidating. They stand around in droves, or packs, or technically, flocks, on the recreation path and act like they own the place. If you challenge them, they begrudgingly move, just enough to let you pass, honking as they do. And whatever you do, don’t approach their chicks!
The problem isn’t their presence, so much, as their total lack of fear of humans. No one dares challenge them, lest some animal-lover take offense. The real animal-loving thing to do would be to hold an occasional jihad on them and chase them off, putting the fear of man into them. I’m not advocating hurting them at all, just teaching them, for their own sake, to be cautious of humans as most other wild animals are.
And if we could just get them to wear diapers or use a pooper-scooper, life would be great!