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.