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Bear attacks and kills hiker: Darsh Patel photographed his killer moments before death

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Photos of the black bear that mauled a hiker to death in New Jersey in September have been released following an Open Public Records Act request. The images were found on the dead man's smartphone and were taken just minutes before the animal attacked.

On September 21, 22-year old Rutgers University senior Darsh Patel and three friends were hiking in the state's Apshawa Preserve when they realized a 300-pound black bear was following them.

The group was aware of the danger, but with the bear still 100 feet away, Patel took out his phone and snapped several photos. One of his friends also took photographs.

With just 15 feet separating them from the bear, the group began running and were chased by the bear for several minutes before they split up.

For Patel, there was no escape.

His three friends did and one of them called 911. Responding police entered teh forest to search for the others. They found the bear behaving aggressively, circling Patel’s dead body. They killed it with two shotgun blasts.

Shreds of cloth and Patel’s skin and blood were later found in the animal’s stomach. Teeth marks were found on Patel’s phone.

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