Professional Runner From Kenya Outruns Two Black Bears While Training In Maine Woods, Says Learnt A New Lesson There

Professional Runner From Kenya Outruns Two Black Bears While Training In Maine Woods, Says Learnt A New Lesson There

Recently, a Kenyan pro runner went on to describe how he escaped two black bears in Maine by outpacing them. In this session, we will learn about the runner’s encounter with the bears and his escape from them while alone.

Encounter With The Bears

Marube was out training on a nature trail in the woods near his home early morning on Wednesday at around 5 a.m. Later then, he encountered the two charging bears, emerging from the woods onto the road.

Source: Yahoo News UK (Moninda Marube shows the place of encounter with the bears)
Source: Yahoo News UK (Moninda Marube shows the place of encounter with the bears)

Marube told the Sun Journal that the two bears were around 20 yards away from him and a vacant house was also somewhat around 20 yards away in the opposite direction.

Escape From The Bears

When he saw the bears, Marube said that his instincts instantly kicked in and he did what he does best: run. So he made a run for the house near Auburn Lake, with the bears closing to within 10 yards by the time he had found safety on the house’s screened porch.

Source: USA Today (A Black Bear)
Source: USA Today (A Black Bear)

Then the bears stopped, as they did not realize that they could have easily crashed through the fragile porch screens, Marube said. They sniffed around for a while before drifting back into the woods again.

Advice From The Wardens In Such Case

As written by The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, you must not advance towards the bear, but instead pull back leisurely and quietly. If the bear follows, keep on retreating slowly.

If that doesn’t work, then dig your heels and have a shot at daunting the animal by looking bigger, waving your arms, clapping or whacking a stick.

Source: Top World News (A General Safety Rule Regarding Safety From Bears)
Source: Top World News (A General Safety Rule Regarding Safety From Bears)

Unlike with brown bears, you should not play dead when dealing with a black bear. Instead of that, you should try to get to a safe and sound area, and if that also fails, just fight back “using any object possible,” focusing mainly on the bear’s face.

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Advice: Easier Said Than Done

However, Marube said that the advice is easier in words than in action. Marube also said that since he knew that black bears can climb up the trees, he could not climb out of danger.

He said that he also considered the option of jumping in a nearby lake, but he can’t swim.

Source: UK (In this March 7, 2010, file photo, Moninda Marube runs past Little Rock)
Source: UK (In this March 7, 2010, file photo, Moninda Marube runs past Little Rock)

He said he initially involved himself in a stare-down with the bears but the bears charged on to him the moment he turned his back away to them.

Not the First Encounter

A student at the University of Maine at Farmington, Marube said that he had once encountered a leopard perched in a tree while alone in Africa, but the Bears were a lot more scarier.

Source: Alamy (Leopard on a Tree)
Source: Alamy (Leopard on a Tree)

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A Lesson Learnt

Marube also said that from his close encounter with Maine’s wildlife, he had learned an important lesson in his life:

“Just make peace with people. You never know when your day comes.”

He also wrote about that incident on Facebook, noting the importance of making sure wildlife has space to live.

“Nature needs to be preserved and not to be disturbed.”