But Albright said the victims’ behaviors could have triggered an attack. ‘‘Something drew them over there,’’ she said. ‘‘Maybe food drew them there.’’
A relative said two of the victims had just bought food before entering the park.
Some residents said another victim may have been drunk or passed out after drinking with friends in the park. Albright said dogs may be more likely to go after people who are stumbling or unsteady on their feet.
The experts said trying to run away from a dog pack can also trigger an attack. They counseled standing still and slowing retreating backward, while avoiding eye contact.