Mastodons preferred open spruce areas and forest edges. However, marshy areas such as the Burning Tree and Hog Creek sites would have been attractive as sources of water. Hunters could have ambushed the beasts as they came to the marsh, forcing them into the mud around the edges. Perhaps the hunters surrounded an animal, confusing it and attacking from all sides until one or more could get close enough to thrust spears into its belly where the skin was thinner.
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