‘Stay there … good bear’: Runner keeps his cool as the hungry bear chases him in a terrifying close-up encounter in the national park
- Evan Matthews filmed the chase through Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
- The runner found himself being followed by the bear and began filming
- Mr. Matthews overhears calmly reasoning with the bear he thinks is hungry
This is the nail-biting moment when a bear chases a runner for half a mile through the forest.
Earlier this month, Evan Matthews filmed the slow but scary chase through Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
After noticing that the hungry cinnamon-black bear was following him, Mr. Matthews took out his camera and bear spray and started talking to the bear.
In his footage, Mr. Matthews, of Teton Valley, Idaho, hears reasoning with the bear who told him, “You stay there. Good bear. Hey, no, I don’t care if you’re hungry. I am not your food. ‘
When the bear makes a march and comes within 20 yards of Mr. Matthews, the runner tries to scare him away by shouting ‘no’ and ‘stay behind’.
Armed with bear spray, which he says he doesn’t want to use, the runner walks back slowly.
He keeps his eyes on the bear who follows him for half a mile, back to his car.
Mr Matthews said: ‘Went for a bit of a run in the park today and finally got hit and followed for about half a mile by this hungry little cinnamon black bear fresh out of the den.
‘I’ve seen a lot of bears in the wild, but this was the first time anyone had shown any interest in me. He must have been extra hungry! ‘
The runner said he had avoided running because he thought the bear would have seen him as prey and chased him.
Runner Evan Matthews filmed the chase through Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, after taking a tour earlier this month. In the photo, the cinnamon black bear ventures out of the trees onto the road
When the bear makes a march and comes within 20 meters of Mr. Matthews, he tries to scare him away by shouting ‘no’ and ‘stay back’
Armed with bear spray, which he says he doesn’t want to use, Mr. Matthews quietly walks back with his eyes on the bear until the bear changes his mind and runs away.
Mr. Matthews held his ground, saying he wasn’t playing dead because the solo bear was “hungry” and was looking for “an easy target” – rather than a mother bear trying to protect her cubs.
The runner added: ‘I kept talking to it to show that I was human and not to be mistaken for another animal.
Not all bear encounters are the same. In most cases I could just walk around the animal. But this one was interested in me, so I had to change my mind. ‘
Although the bear is brown in color, Mr. Matthews specified that the animal was a ‘cinnamon phase black bear’ meaning it has brown fur.