WEST MILFORD – Rutgers University student Darsh Patel of Edison was attacked and killed by a 299-pound black bear in Apshawa Preserve – about 45 miles northwest of New York City.
Officials say the attack was the first fatal bear-human encounter on record in New Jersey.
Police say Patel and four of his friends hiked into the preserve and were met by a man and a woman coming the other way. The pair warned the larger group about a bear following them. The couple walked away, leaving the group of five to talk about what they were going to do. They eventually walked farther into the woods.
Patel took pictures of the animal just before the attack.
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