Having said that, I don't feel that BM is very competitive in terms of AOE damage. If I blow multiple cooldowns - Bestial Wrath, Lynx Rush, etc - I can do solid damage on large pulls, for sure. Far less, however, than I can as Survival by simply dropping an explosive trap and spamming Multi-shot.
Beast Cleave in particular is mostly unremarkable, doing paltry damage without an insane number of procs/cooldowns/etc bolstering it. I understand that certain pets bring AOE damage spells, like worms, dragonhawks, etc - my concern, based on comments I've read, is that BM AOE damage is potentially balanced around these pets and their respective abilities. Would it not make more sense to remove 'gimmicky' AOE spells like Burrow and balance BM AOE damage around constants like Beast Cleave/Multi Shot/etc?