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Letters: Do swans and geese belong on LI?

You know that sometimes families of geese can

You know that sometimes families of geese can stop traffic. Maybe you've even honked your horn at them, even though you know it doesn't make much of a difference. This goose and her goslings were crossing the Long Island Expressway near Exit 48 in Plainview on May 12, 2014. Both Nassau and Suffolk police assisted in closing off lanes of traffic, as a Suffolk County police highway patrol officer brought a box and officers corralled the ducklings. Photo Credit: James Carbone

In response to the letter about swans and Jet Skis, I would suggest that the problem isn't the swans -- it's the Jet Ski ["Aggressive swans ruin water sports," May 21]. I've been riding kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards with the swans out here, without incident, for decades.

I've often come within a few feet of them, even with their armadas of cygnets. Once I accidentally stumbled on a well-hidden nest with my paddleboard, and still no aggressive behavior.

I'd hate to see the swans go. I really enjoy their elegant company on the water.

Randall Rosenthal, Springs

I live on the Great South Bay. Once in a while, I see one or two swans, and they are in the water and never bother anyone. They're a great addition to the landscape.

On the other hand, we are plagued with Canada geese. They are on everyone's property, fouling the lawns, driveways, streets and waterways. I cannot understand how the state can consider eliminating an attractive creature like the swan while completely ignoring the invasive geese.

Gerald Levine, East Islip

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