Authorities believe a black bear attacked and killed a hiker in a northern New Jersey nature preserve.
West Milford police say five friends from Edison were hiking in the Apshawa Preserve when they encountered the bear on Sunday. Police say the group became frightened and ran in different directions. They noticed one member was missing when they regrouped.
A search team located the body of Darsh Patel, 22. Police say evidence indicated he had been attacked by a bear. It is believed to be the first recorded fatal bear attack in New Jersey.