A California man was participting in a 150-mile ultramarathon on a trail near the Golden Gate Bridge when a coyote came up behind him and attacked him.
Dean Karnazes said he was able to finish his run, but the wild canine bloodied his face.
“I heard some footsteps coming up behind me, and I thought, Oh there's a dog maybe coming up behind me. And I swung around to look, and a coyote hit me from behind. It happened really quickly and left me in a state of shock, I think,” Karnazes told Inside Edition.
The runner fought off the coyote with poles he uses for stability on ultramarathons, which can take as long as 30 hours to complete.
“I hit it on the side, because I was carrying my poles... so it was pretty convenient to just whack it,” Karnazes said.
Coyote attacks are becoming more common in populated areas because they are losing their fear of humans due to people feeding them.
“When we start feeding animals, they become habituated and it creates problems," wildlife biologist Forrest Galante said. Once animals become reliant and dependent on human beings as a food source, especially previously wild animals, they begin to push those boundaries to get more and more food and get closer and closer.”
Karnazes says he believes the coyote attacked him because it was after the granola bar he was eating.
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