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Student snaps pictures of bear before it kills him

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Posted at 12:41 PM, Nov 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-26 14:42:43-05

WEST MILFORD, N.J. – A student was able to take a picture of a 300-pound black bear just before it chased him down and killed him.

Rutgers student, 22-year-old Darsh Patel, was hiking with friends in West Milford, New Jersey, when a couple warned a bear had been following them.

The hikers continued despite the warning.

Credit: WEST MILFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT

Credit: WEST MILFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT

The Record reports the hikers spotted the bear about 100 feet away and started taking pictures when the animal walked towards them.

The group split up and ran; four of them found each other but Patel was missing.

Two hours later authorities found Patel’s body.

Officers said they found the bear close by and said they were forced to shoot it after it showed signs of aggression.

Authorities examined the bear and found it had human tissue, blood and clothing in its stomach as well as human blood on its paws.

Officials found photos of the bear on Patel’s phone  which they recovered near his body.

They said the phone had a puncture mark through the screen.

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