Authorities have released six photos of the bear that killed a man in New Jersey in September.
The hiker who was killed took five of the photos. A hiker who was with him took the sixth photo, West Milford police said.
The 300-pound black bear approached the hikers in Apshawa Preserve in West Milford on Sept. 21.
The photos were taken from a distance of around 100 feet away from the bear, according to a story in NJ.com.
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. New Jersey has been holding bear hunts annually since 2010 to counter the increase in bear population, now estimated at around 2,500.
PHOTOS: Bear that killed hiker in West Milford, New Jersey
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Photos of the bear that killed a hiker in Apshawa Preserve in West Milford, New Jersey in September. Darsh Patel, the hiker who was killed, took 5 of the photos.
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