WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey hiker killed by a bear in September took a series of photos of the animal with his cellphone before it mauled him to death.
Police in West Milford have released five photos taken by 22-year-old Darsh Patel before he was killed by the 300-pound black bear while hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve, 45 miles northwest of New York.READ MORE: Doug Mastriano, Republican Candidate For Pennsylvania Governor, To Appear Before Jan. 6 Committee
The photos show the bear behind a fallen tree in the woods. Investigators say the phone was found with puncture marks from the bear.
The photos were released after NJ.com filed an open records request.READ MORE: Heat Health Emergency In Philadelphia Has Residents Running For Cover From Sun: 'This Heat Is Like, Dangerous'
West Milford police and the state Environmental Protection Department said last month that the bear did not seem interested in food and exhibited “stalking type behavior.”
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