WEST MILFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Rutgers University senior who was hiking with friends in a New Jersey nature preserve was attacked and killed by a nearly 300-pound black bear Sunday.
Five friends from Edison were hiking in the Apshawa Preserve in northern Passaic County when they encountered the bear, West Milford police said. The group became frightened and ran in different directions after the bear began following them, police said.
Hiker Darsh Patel, 22, may have twisted his ankle and fallen, becoming separated from his friends, CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported.
The group noticed Patel was missing once they got to safety and immediately called police.