Dave Arama is one of Canada & # 39; s leading survival experts.
He knows the dangers that lurk in the swampy sub-Antarctic boreal forest around Gillam, Manitoba, where teenage accused murderers Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are suspected of hiding in the last week.
When the duo has entered the wilderness and has found no shelter whatsoever, Mr. Arama predicts that they are dead or close by.
It is not the black bears, polar bears or wolves that puts Mr. Arama high on his top 10 list of dangers that teenagers face.
It's the bugs.
There are ruthless blood-sucking deer flies, mosquitoes, sand flies and other insects.
& # 39; They eat you alive, & # 39; said Arama, owner of the Ontario-based WSC Survival School, to AAP on Tuesday.
& # 39; They won't stop biting until your eyes are closed and you can't see anything anymore.
& # 39; Or, if you get enough bites, you can get anaphylaxis and then get a serious life-threatening reaction. & # 39;
Water can be abundant in northern Canada in the summer, but instead of keeping teens alive, it can also be very dangerous.
& # 39; If they drink water, it's probably filled with parasites, Giardia, and they get damn sick, & # 39; he said.
McLeod, 19, and Schmegelsky, 18, are suspected of having started killing dead Australians Lucas Fowler, 23, and his American girlfriend, Chynna Deese, 24, in a remote area two weeks ago in Canada's western British Columbia province. highway.
Four days later on another BC highway, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police claims that the teenagers killed the botanist Leonard Dyck.
McLeod and Schmegelsky then drove 3000 km eastward over northern Canada in a stolen Toyota RAV4 until they dropped the car and set fire to a dirt road on the edge of Hudson Bay, near Gillam.
Ty Blake, a volunteer fireman who was called to extinguish the fire, assumes that the Toyota ran out of fuel.
After the firefighters extinguished the fire, they inspected the vehicle.
It seems that the fugitives fled so much that they left camping equipment and canned sardines or oysters that would help them survive in the bush.
& # 39; It contained a few pots and pans, a few canned foods, a crowbar, & # 39; Blake told AAP.
Mr. Blake, his fellow firefighters and police on the ground didn't know it was the teenagers' escape car.
Shivers ran down their backs the next day when the RCMP announced it was the duo's vehicle.
& # 39; If you think about it, they may not have gone far and have been sitting in the bush nearby, & # 39; said Mr. Blake.
After what a false perception of the teenagers on Sunday looks like a garbage dump in York Landing, about 90 km west of Gillam, the RCMP and CC-130H Hercules of the Royal Canadian Air Force and a CP-140 Aurora patrol aircraft equipped with Infrared cameras & imaging radar, focused their efforts Tuesday at the location of the dumped Toyota.
Blake agrees with Arama that McLeod and Schmegelsky would have to survive more than a few days in the wilderness if they had found a hunting lodge or other type of building.
In winter the temperature drops below minus 20 ° C with the feeling temperature down to minus 50 s, but even in the current summer months the temperatures have fallen below 10 ° C and there have been rain showers.
McCleod and Schmegelsky are thin, stand 193 cm long and weigh only 77 kg, making it less likely that they would survive a week outside without food and suitable clothing.
Arama said they should wear waterproof woolen and microfleece clothing.
The camouflage clothing Schmegelsky can be seen in video surveillance images was insufficient and the McLeod t-shirt was sentenced to death.
Arama said he has had groups in the wilderness for nine or ten days who have lost on average 9 kg to 23 kg & # 39; just to try and stay warm & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I'll be honest. With 40 years of experience, if you threw me out without a knife, no can, no flint to make a fire, no sail, no nothing, I'd rather die, & said Mr. Arama.
& # 39; This is not a Crocodile Dundee movie.
& # 39; This is real. & # 39;
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