Originally Posted by idfnl
JL, I can really only respond with speculation. That said, I think the best argument I can make is this: lets suggest the BF is highly intelligent, very close to Homo Sapiens. As a human, aren't you smart enough to evade detection by hikers and hunters simply using your intellect?
Not indefinitely, and certainly not with my "intellect." I should expect most "intellectuals" would make singularly inept bushmen.
Next, lets consider as a wild animal the BF has much more highly tuned senses of smell and sight, especially at night, and has an intimate knowledge of the terrain it operates within. Then consider a family unit, wouldn't (with language) there be a natural evolution taking place with these skills from generation to generation? Similar to American Indians... who during early American settlement were noted for their intimate understanding of the terrain and later (when warring) famed for their ability to hide.
Let's consider the Indians. Yes, they had, by and large, superior knowledge of the terrain and superior stealth and woodcraft, but in the end the whites cleared them out. The story of Ishi, the last wild Indian in America, always brings a few tears to my eyes. Also, the whites were very
aware of the presence of the Indians.
Finally this is a species that operates at night. Not a lot of hunting takes place at night.
But don't a lot of sightings take place by day? And as I have previously remarked in this thread, no other higher primate is nocturnal. Moreover, quite a bit of hunting does take place at night--both illegal jacklighting of deer and other game and legal hunting of raccoons and such by houndsmen.
All this reminds me of that book/short story about the hunting of a human, its not just about the advantage of a gun. I think the BF is smart enough not to engage and is hyper aware of its surroundings.
Ah yes, "The Most Dangerous Game," that old favorite of high school anthologies. I remember it well from my 10th grade year, now almost 57 years past. Anyway, aren't most animals hyper aware of their surroundings? I should think a BF, a very large, powerful creature with no possible natural enemies over most of its supposed range, would be less vigilant than, say, a deer. And if you want to argue that man is the natural enemy of the BF, we have been extraordinarily inefficient since we haven't brought one to bag in 400 years!