But there were 9 hikers who had hatchets, ice axes and knives?
Now you are too much clever on me..
Im not sure what do you mean...? Explain, please.
What I am saying is that an Elk is a big animal and capable of taking out people. But in the tent there are axes and other items that could have been used as weapons to defend themselves against an animal attack. The axes were just left in the tent. Even if an elk was attacking one of them, the others could have grabbed a weapon and fought back.
good point, I though about it also.
It is hard to say.. I think they jumped from tent, they probably very very scared because also of Yetti chatting before in tent.
To a certain point they probably could be very paralyzed by stress. I think that thay maybe wanted, but they were noticed by Zolotaryov to do not take.
I try to say that there probably were a very unstabile changes in fear and calm situations.
If I will meet in nature a dangerous animal (s), than I will never try to escalate a force to him or make attack on him also in critic area.. No... I will try to fight with him only in very critical situation. But, circa 500 kgs weigh animal, how you imagine you will kill him? By axe or knife? I dont think so.
Somewhere I will try to find a video, when I was attacked by wild pig in 2013. (I made a basics of my house, when the pig come from the forrest by very calm movement to me). It was just a maybe 150 kgs weigh pig. Around me were everywhere some "weapons". (shovel, pickaxe, etc..) I did not use any of it, and I didn't even think of it. It only occurred to me when the pig ran away.
The pigs behaviour was very weird.
The pig very changed his mood. Firstly it just leaned on me his feets, so I started to play with him like with dog, I take my phone and start to make a video because I though this pig was very friendly and his behaviour was uncommon. But he became to be more and more crazy. I had to run away to pile of ravel. There it stops and pig run away.
Yes I could to hit him by shovel, but Im sure then it will be kill me because of his angry.
However Im sure, if I will carry a gun, I will start to shot him immediatelly of his agression escalation.
So are an effective weapons which can stop escalating force in a second and then are the uneffective weapons which can help you or increase the escalation force effect.
This elk(s) in our story did not have to behave since the beggining agressive. It is the animal, it is also curiously like every human. But during a 1500m of movement there could became a lot of stimulus why to make a finally attack.