When the four of them safely regrouped, they realised Patel was missing and phoned the police.
Around two hours later, officers found and shot dead the four-year-old male bear, which weighed around 136kg (300lbs), as it guarded Patel's dead body, reported."There was a bear that was circling the area that would not leave the victim.
Patel was in his final year at Rutgers University, where he had majored in information technology and informatics.“As we grieve over his tragic passing, please know that our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones and to all his friends and fellow students at Rutgers,” Rutgers Chancellor Dr Richard L. While black bears are common in New Jersey and have been sighted in all of the state 21 counties, attacks on humans are “definitely rare” according to Lawrence Hajna, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection.
A 2012 report published by the department states that there are around 3,000 black bears in New Jersey - one of the highest black bear densities in the nation.
Railroad service in the south was from the New Jersey Midland starting around the 1850s and in the north around the 1870s from the Montclair Railroad, out of Montclair, New Jersey and later the Erie Railroad (before their merger with the Lackawanna Railroad).
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From a distance of about ft, the group believed they were far enough away from the animal to be safe — but the 21 stone male bear subsequently pursued them and attacked Patel.
Police in West Milford, New Jersey, released five photos taken by the Rutgers University student, following an Open Public Records Act request filed by NJ Advance Media.
The Apshawa Preserve is a 576-acre natural area used for hiking and bird watching.
West Milford started out as New Milford in what was then western Bergen County in the 18th century, having been settled by disenchanted Dutch from Milford, New Jersey (later renamed by the British as Newark).