A famous ultramarathon runner was attacked by a coyote during a 150-mile race in California – and he recounted the terrifying encounter minutes after it happened.
In a graphic video posted on Instagram, Dean Karnazes, 59, said he was crossing Marin Headlands early Saturday morning when the wild animal pounced on him.
Karnazes shared the footage of himself bleeding from the lip while warning others to beware of coyotes.
“I just had something pretty terrifying,” he said. “I was attacked by a coyote. It was a first. »
The runner said he luckily used poles on the trails and used one to hit the animal.
“A bit rough,” Karnazes said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do. Guess I have to keep going or else it’ll probably come back for me.
The ultramarathoner said he thought the coyote wanted his energy bar. As he began to bite, he said the animal rushed up and knocked him to the ground.
He later made an Instagram post asking people – especially tourists – not to feed wild animals.
“As I witnessed firsthand, people (mostly tourists) fed wild coyotes in the Marin Headlands area of California,” Karnazes wrote. “This must stop.”
The close call was apparently not his first encounter with wildlife.
Karnazes captioned the Instagram post: “I was attacked by a shark, and now a coyote. Both incidents were terrifying.
New York Post