They do need to be fixed, here's what I would do.
once I club it to death, I should be able to walk up to it and club it some more until it's just a red paste on the ground.
then if I keep on clubbing it, the ground splits and I fall down a layer.
When I keep on clubbing it, my club breaks and I can't fix it.
Then there should be a stomp feature until I run out of stamina.
When the hole I am in is 30 ft deep, the game warns me that it's hard to get out.
I should be able to pick a screw it option and keep on stompping it some more until I die and resurrect on my bedroll or near it.
That would fix it