Something I had never come across previously, so simply wonder if others have ---
Coming down the SE trail out of Shanath (Naccarrapur), and at the road junction, instead of the buzzer (which spawns there most of the time), was a large flatbed truck, with two armed Kyrat civilians, and a caged bear.
I almost popped them, since they weren't wearing GP blue, but thought -- let's see what happens ... they greeted Ajay as normal.
I have not, to the best of my memory, ever seen armed civilians before, and it's always been RA/RG troops who have a caged animal.
"The NUKE, are you crazy?" "Oh relax, it's got a very small yield. Just enough ..."
There's a faction of civilians which are hunters that are armed although I've never seen the encounter you had so that's pretty interesting. Given the encounters proximity to the arena the implication could be they collect animals to fight in it. Kind of cool
And all this science, I don't understand... It's just my job, five days a week