All of us who watch prison escape films were secretly rooting for the escapees. Yes we knew that these were hard core criminal vermin. The place they stumbled into is very familiar. People who look at maps underestimate how rugged the northern part of NY State is. Armies that had a clue stuck to Lake Champlain. In some respects the area is worse than the jungles of Guyana. Blackfies, mosquitoes, leeches, ticks, poison ivy are fairly common. Even with advanced insect repellent the place is a hell hole. As far as large carnivores Black Bears are only dangerous if they are protecting a food source.
Three weeks avoiding roads and people is an accomplishment. The hunters cameras were also more than they bargained for. The cabins are Spartan and likely contained drinking water food and alcohol. In the end their end was more attributable to exhaustion.
Hopefully the story is made into a movie with Charlie Sheen and Johnny Depp.