While trying to cut down trees in the beginning with no axe takes a while, which is fine, however every time a wolf runs by I hit him and he attacks me. I am continuously dying this way and getting into fights before I acquire any wood to do something about it. This is in the beginning so I have no weapon, no armor, no wood to build anything, etc. We shouldn't be able to attack anything by accident if we are mining blocks.
Edit: Game is freaking amazing, by the way.