New Jersey college student snapped photos of black bear just before it killed him

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WEST MILFORD, N.J. — A college student snapped pictures of a 300-pound black bear — just before the animal chased him ddown and mauled him.

The Record reported Darsh Patel, a 22-year-old Rutgers University student, was hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve in September when the bear attacked.

West Milford police released six photos this week — five taken by Patel before the bear attacked.

After taking the photographs, the men tried to walk away, but the bear followed. The men then ran in separate directions.

The four friends later found each other but noticed Patel was missing, and called police. After a two-hour search, Patel’s body was discovered with the bear lingering nearby.

Police officers shot the bear. A necropsy revealed human tissue and blood in its stomach, as well as clothing.


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