Student took photos of black bear just before it killed him

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WEST MILFORD, N.J. — A 22-year-old college student took photos of a 300-pound black bear just before it chased him down and mauled him.

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

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

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

Three of the men later found each other but noticed that Patel was missing, and called police. After a two-hour search, Patel’s body was discovered — 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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