Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NJ:Fatal Bear Attack

This sounds like a typical predatory black bear attack.  The article tries to show  black bear as vegitarians, but black bear are omnivorous predators that eat  whatever they can catch.   Black bears eat humans much more often than grizzly bears do.

A hiker has been killed by a black bear after it confronted his group of friends - forcing them to scatter in different directions.

Police identified the body as that of Darsh Patel, who had been hiking with four friends on Sunday when the bear began following them in the 526-acre wooded Apshawa Preserve.


'Evidence at the scene indicated that the victim had been attacked by a bear,' West Milford Police Chief Timothy C. Storbeck said.

Police say that a bear was found circling the body and wouldn't leave even after officers tried to scare it away by making loud noises and throwing sticks and stones. It was killed with two rifle blasts.

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