A Rutgers University student was killed by a black bear over the weekend, the police said on Monday, the first such recorded death in New Jersey.
The student, Darsh Patel, 22, and four friends were hiking on Sunday in the Apshawa Preserve in the northern part of the state, about 40 miles from New York City. They encountered a black bear, which began to follow them, according to the police in West Milford, a township that includes the preserve.
The friends told the police they scrambled to get away from the bear, all running in different directions. Four of the men later found one another, and they called the police to help search for their missing friend, according to the authorities. Mr. Patel’s body was found about two hours later.
“Evidence at the scene indicated that the victim had been attacked by a bear,” the West Milford Police Department said in a statement.
Investigators added that a 300-pound bear was found at the scene and was “immediately euthanized.”
Recently Maine won a battle that would have limited hunter’s ability to hunt black bears, and New Jersey constantly tries to ban their annual bear season. This was hardly in the untamed wilderness either.
Of course the anti-gunners in New Jersey will ignore this story, and continue to limit efforts to control the population of these animals, and of course continue the practical ban on carrying firearms with which people attacked by animals can use to protect themselves.