So today I was out making the rounds of my Dominium, gathering, hunting, etc., and I came across a Lvl 63 Ferocious Bear that had decided to take up residence right near some new trees I had just planted. I have been all over this area a million times and never have I ran into any predators. Needless to say, I was surprised..I died...went back...died again, and again....I tried to get it to chase me so that I could get it out of the area, but he kept returning like it was his scripted zone to be in....so I figured that since I was not strong enough to kill it, and he wouldn't go away that I would just build a pen for him so that I would always know where he was and he wouldn't catch me off guard one of these days and kill me again...This was far harder to do than I expected as there was no real way to build fast enough to cage him. Lets just say that with a lot of time and several more deaths I finally got lucky and he walked into the pen I had made out of Wattle Fence. I shut the gate and gave myself a pat on the back! Before I go any further, here is what I learned through the process:
1- Predators can attack you and kill you through the fence so do not stand too close. (Yes I tried attacking the bear from inside the pen in hopes he couldn't get to me and would be an easy kill. Was I ever wrong...Death was swift for me to say the least.)
2- Predators can destroy your fence and get to you. (I tried standing back and using a bow while the bear was inside the pen. I hit him and he gave chase running right into my fence that lasted all of a couple seconds before a section was destroyed and he came through and had me for dinner. Stone fence I am sure would last longer, but as you will read below, it really doesn't matter and would not be worth the resources.
3- If a predator is on the screen, its movement pattern will change to come in your direction instead of the random pattern it normally has. I noticed this bear would move in a zone that completely surrounded my Dominium. For example, I found him by some trees I planted about 5 squares from my front door. The next time I saw him was while working my forge and he was on the north side. Another time he was on the lower side of the screen. Now, when I would go outside and find him, keeping my distance of course, he would "follow" me, albeit in a round about way, but I was effectively able to lead him to where I had built the pen. Hence, predators basically stalk you if they are on the screen with you.
NOW, here is where the trick kicks in....Sure this trick takes time and resources, and isn't worth doing to every predator you come across, but if you ever need it, its nice to know!
I finally had the bear caged inside my Wattle Fence. I stayed and admired my handy work for several minutes, and wanted to make sure that he would stay there and not just break the fence down and continue to make my life hell. It worked perfect...he would just walk around inside the fence. Granted I knew if I got too close he would break it down, but as long as I was careful, he would stay in there forever.
So I went back to my Dominium and continued to do my daily activities. When it was time to go do a resource run, I decided to head back up to my new pet to check on him. HE WAS GONE!!!!! The fence was intact, the gate was closed, and there was no sign of my ferocious captive. Man I was nervous!!! I started to slowly inch my way around to see if I could find him. To make this already too long story a bit shorter, after about 30 minutes of searching he was NOWHERE to be found. He had vanished and I was no longer a prisoner in my Dominium!!!!!
To verify that something magical had happened, I set out to find another predator. I came upon a wolf and caged him inside a Wattle fence just as I had done with the bear. I walked back to my Dominium, checked on my ore smelting and went back to the wolf. When I got to the pen, the Wolf was gone!!!! As with the Bear, the fence was still in tact and the gate was closed. The wolf was nowhere to be found!
The last thing I did to verify that something was indeed happening and not just a session glitch or something, was I logged out and logged back in thinking this would reset things. Things were and still are the way I left them. the fences are still intact, gates closed, and predators in the are are nowhere to be found.
One last thing I have noticed through my time with the game, is that predators are always in the same areas when I am out gathering resources, however, in the areas that I have built fence and caged them, they no longer spawn until the fence is destroyed.
So with all that said, can anyone shed some light on this as to why it happens and exactly what is happening? Is it possible that this is a bug/glitch?