reply to post by Kratos40
Kratos, I've thought about that same question, and even read some of the older historical accounts to get an idea of why they are so elusive at
times, territorial at times, and curious at other times.
We, Homo Sapiens, are the most violent, destructive species on the planet. We don't like things that cause us fear, uncertainty, or apprehension.
We don't like those unlike us. Period. And we carry that prejudice to extremes. Thus wars to the point of extermination if possible,
near-extermination where prevented.
I look around, and I don't see any Ansazi. I don't see any Clovis.
In major US cities today, we can see neighborhoods divided by streets. One group dare not cross into the territory of another group. And a few
streets down, yet another group will not welcome either of the others. And folks are killed over this territorial divide.
Mostly young folks, but nonetheless, we have examples even today.
I'd say that these bipedals - be what they may - in days past were hunted to near extinction. They may be strong, they may be powerful, fast, and
large, but it's likely their elusiveness and isolation from Homo Sapiens was developed as a self-preservation method.
So many stories of contact or observation have been told over the centuries, that it's difficult to separate accurate stories from BS stories. But
it does appear that these creatures communicate with each other quite well, and while it may not be the King's English, they manage to get by.
While the vast bulk of hunters/hikers/campers all describe their shock and thus inaction - even when armed - there are indications that they can be
killed, and have been, if several stories from shocked and stunned "survivors" can be believed.
I know that a 200-pound wild hog HAS been brought down by three shots from a Gamo pellet gun, but incidents such as that are as rare as relaxed
Logic dictates that an 800-pound creature is going to require some serious foot-pounds of energy to bring down, so shooting one with a .243 or 30-30
deer rifle is not a good bet, so it's likely that those hunters that didn't fire did the prudent thing.
While only one at a time seems to be seen, that doesn't mean diddly squat. I have a suspicion that they exist in small groups, and if you see one,
there may be a couple others nearby, thus the noises from all points of the compass.
It appears from the rock-throwing that they are territorial. They also thrash around, scream, and charge to drive off intruders - acts that have
scared the pookey out of a number of folks. I too, note that those who've been scared by one up close declare they never want to see another.
In the fossil record, we seen that the Neanderthal's buried their dead, and even with flowers. They have found old Neanderthals with bad wounds and
broken bones which had healed, indicating they had been taken care of by others. Even elderly Neanderthals without teeth lived to a ripe old age, and
there's speculation as to whether his food was partially chewed for him or just how that was accomplished.
Other reports indicate they are blazingly fast - irregardless of their size. They are able to ambush deer according to eyewitness reports. They can
climb like a cat with an extra climbing gear, also according to eyewitness reports.
Why would large, powerful creatures avoid humans?
Likely a lesson hard-learned and passed down through the generations.