I am fine surviving near the starting river but as soon as you cross that you get hyenas and there is no iron until you cross the river. The hyenas are so strong that if you're missing more than 30% health you can't 1v1 them. Shields are pointless since they can attack faster than the shield's break animation. Mauls do damage but you still get destroyed fighting 1 of them. If I see 2 hyenas the only option is give up or run to water.
So how do I get to the next gear tier with so many strong beasts between me and it? This is beginning to feel a lot like Ark Troodon bullshit.