PHOTOS: Bear that killed hiker in West Milford, New Jersey

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.

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