Moninda Marube, a professional runner, was out for a morning run early Wednesday in the woods near his home in Maine when he encountered two black bears on the trail ahead. With the black bears, which can run up to 30 miles per hour, chasing after him, Marube had only his sheer athletic talent to rely upon. Fortunately, Marube was able to outrun the bears and made it to shelter.
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He said he intially engaged in a stare down with the bears, but the second he turned his back, the two bears chased him. The 38-year-old credits God for his life being spared.
When speaking to Business Insider, the student at the University of Maine at Farmington recalled what went through his mind in those few seconds. He said he chose not to run to a nearby lake. “In my head, I know I can’t swim. I fear swimming. I fear water,” he told the Sun Journal.
“Secondly, I knew I could not climb up a tree because bears can climb a tree,” he stated. “The only solution I had at that time was to be able to run.”
According to Marube, there was an old, abandoned house about 20 yards away. He said if the bears would have been 10 yards closer, he would have been mauled and possibly killed. Fortunately, he made it to the house, and to his surprise, the bears didn’t pursue him into the home even though Marube said they could have easily knocked down the flimsy plywood porch he took shelter in.
Marube said that he runs the same path everyday. “I’ve been running this road for four years. I’ve never thought of meeting a bear here,” Marube said. “I don’t fear lion. I don’t fear anything else. But a bear is scary.”
Wardens in the area have suggested that acting big, making a lot of noise and backing away slowly are the best ways to deal with Black bears. If the bear charges at you, stand your ground. And if he attacks, they encourage you to fight back. Grizzlies, though, are far more dangerous.
According to Yahoo News, Black bears are prevalent in Maine, more so than in any other state. They are most active from April 1 to November 1 and are the only bears living in the eastern United States.