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New Jersey Hiker Took 5 Pictures Of A Bear Before It Attacked And Killed Him

Darsh Patel, 22, was mauled to death by a 300-pound black bear while hiking in September.

Posted on November 26, 2014, at 2:50 p.m. ET

In September, 22-year-old Darsh Patel went hiking with four friends in Apshawa Preserve in West Milford, New Jersey, when he spotted this 300-pound black bear.

Courtesy of West Milford Police Department

Patel, who was a senior at Rutgers, took out his phone and snapped five pictures of the animal before it charged and attacked Patel, mauling him to death.

"They stopped and took photographs of the bear with their cellphones and the bear began walking towards them," the police report said.

It was first reported that there were six photographs on Patel's phone, but one of them was a duplicate, the West Milford Police Department told BuzzFeed News.

Courtesy of West Milford Police Department

Investigators said the phone had puncture marks from the bear when it was found.

Courtesy of West Milford Police Department

A police spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that there were no injuries to Patel's three friends as a result of the bear attack.

Police added that none of Patel's three friends appear to have snapped photos, which might have led to them getting away unharmed.

Courtesy of West Milford Police Department

Patel is apparently the first person to be killed by a bear in New Jersey.

Courtesy of West Milford Police Department

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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