PHOTOS: NJ hiker photographed bear before it killed him

Authorities have released 6 photos of the bear that killed a man in New Jersey back in September.

The hiker who was killed took 5 of the photos. A hiker who was with him took the 6th photo, West Milford police said.

The 300-pound black bear approached the hikers in Apshawa Preserve in West Milford on September 21.

The photos were taken from a distance of around 100 feet away from the bear, according to a story in

The hikers tried to get away by scattering, but the bear followed and eventually mauled 22-year-old Darsh Patel to death.

Police later recovered the phone belonging to the Rutgers University student.

Patel was the first confirmed death by bear in New Jersey, where a hunt is planned next month.