Hiker takes photos of bear before it kills him

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Photos courtesy of the West Milford, N.J. Police Department.

A hiker took photos of a 300-pound black bear before the bear ended up killing him, the Record in Woodland Park, N.J. reports.

The report says Rutgers University (N.J.) student Darsh Patel was hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve in West Milford, N.J., back in September when the bear attacked.

Patel took five photos of the bear before the animal mauled him to death, West Milford police said.

New Jersey state officials said the five photos were recovered from Patel’s phone, which was found near his body. West Milford police released the five photos Tuesday, as well as one taken by another hiker.

The hikers reportedly first sighted the bear about 100 feet away from them. They all fled in separate directions, but when the other four reunited and noticed Patel missing, they called police.

Patel’s body was found about two hours later after a search.

Police shot and killed a bear that was lingering and acting aggressively near the body. A necropsy of the animal revealed it had ingested human tissue and blood, as well as clothing, the Record reports.


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  • Jay Johnston

    Wow, 4 friends with him, and still he dies. I know for a FACT 5 people can not just scare a bear but kill it with just big sticks, smash it’s head in. There are FIVE of you. But I’m sure they all ran and left their friend to die. Also, one good knife between the five of them and the bear is dead, it won’t fight back if you make it bleed out. But no, bunch of city folk in the deep woods cuz look how beautiful it is. Oh no, run~ Pathetic, and now he’s gone. If it were my son i’d sue all his friends into poverty