A bear attack in New Jersey has shocked the national community as the very first death of its kind in the state this week. A 22-year-old student from New Jersey, Darsh Patel, was recently attacked and killed by a wild bear. The young man was taking photos of nature while out hiking with some of his friends when he got too close to the large animal. Fox News reports this Wednesday, November 26, 2014, that the animal was even said to have damaged the student’s phone in the brutal assault.
People are warned to keep their distance from wild animals, and this tragic bear attack New Jersey incident only reinforces that caution. A 22-year-old student, identified as Darsh Patel, was said to be taking photos of the powerful beast when the bear — weighing over 300 pounds — was said to suddenly pursue him, mauling him to death. Eerily enough, the young man was even able to take several close photos of the animal before it was upon him, say police.
According to this Wednesday’s press release, Darsh Patel was out having a nice day with several of his friends in West Milford’s beautiful Apshawa Preserve in New Jersey. While snapping some pristine photos of nature and wildlife, the group was said to stumble upon a large black bear. Unfortunately, Patel is thought to have gotten too close and frightened the animal, spurring it to attack him.
It has been confirmed that the 22-year-old is the first victim of a bear attack in the state of New Jersey to have died from an assault of this kind. Police in West Milford made a series of snapshots public that were taken shortly before the violent incident. A majority of these photos were captured on Patel’s own camera prior to the animal going after him. At one point, a startling photo shows the large bear less then 100 feet from the victim and his three friends.
As the series of clips continue, the bear can be seen coming closer and closer to the 22-year-old killed in the attack, AJC News adds. The police report notes the group of hikers attempted to grab the attention of the bear by inching nearer to it while calling out so that they could get as good a camera shot as possible.
“They stopped and took photographs of the bear with their cellphones and the bear began walking towards them,” noted the report. Although the attack happened over two months ago in September, New Jersey law enforcement officials have only made the snapshots from the Rutger University student’s camera available this week.
Unfortunately, this bear attack New Jersey killing wasn’t the only dangerous animal assault to claw its way into headlines this 2014. Back in early June, a man says that he was out kayaking when a rabid beaver suddenly attacked him. While the beaver may not initially seem like a particularly threatening predator, its sharp teeth were said to have inflicted deep puncture wounds into the man’s side. Nature may be beautiful, but it is still important to remember that animals are wild, untame, and potentially dangerous.