Hmm,... if you can kill human with one or two shoots; how many do you need for a bear? Two, five ... or maybe ten?
Its a quest of balance.
If you need more than three, you will everytime die, because the bear is faster, stronger and pissed off. No matter if you are running or riding your horse. The only way would be to hunt in a group with two or more NPCs.
Yes, you are right. In the moment it´s not realisic how the game handles this. There are only two state... alive or dead.
If a NPC has only, let say 1-5% of his lifepoints, he should be in a wounded state: paralysed or in agonie/throes of death.
Yes, but they never promised or mentioned mechanics like blood trails, wind, traps ect. I wouldn´t count on this. A little hope for a Mod...?
Yes, in the beta we have random rabbits. In the final game we will have deer and boar, that´s promised!
But how many bears would be realistic in 16km²? One or two? Maybe WH said: too much work, there is none...