Rutgers student dies after bear attack - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

Rutgers student dies after bear attack

(Source: Mark Watson / Flickr/ MGN Online) (Source: Mark Watson / Flickr/ MGN Online)

A four-year-old black bear weighing in a 299 pounds killed a 22-year-old Rutgers student who was hiking in a Northern New Jersey nature park on Sunday.

This marks the first bear attack on a human leading to death in New Jersey.

Darsh Patel and four friends were hiking at the nature preserve when they came upon the black bear.

Police are saying the group became frightened and ran away, possibly provoking the bear.

Three members of the hiking group were able to get away, but Patel was separated.

A search crew later found Patel. He had been mauled by a bear and had bite and claw marks on his body.

Authorities say the bear, which was still near Patel, was put down.

The bear is now at a lab where it will be studied to determine if it had rabies and a necropsy will be performed to find out why it attacked Patel.

Kelsey Burguess, a black bear biologist with the New Jersey Department of Fish, Game, and Wildlife, says it is very rare for a bear to have rabies. He says the bear could have just been looking for food.

(Copyright 2014 WFIE via NBC. All rights reserved.)

  • LOCALMore>>

  • Vanderburgh Humane Society's benefit dinner a success

    Vanderburgh Humane Society's benefit dinner a success

    Saturday, April 29 2017 11:29 PM EDT2017-04-30 03:29:55 GMT
    (Source: Vanderburgh Humane Society)(Source: Vanderburgh Humane Society)

    It's the biggest fund raising event for a humane society in Southern Indiana. On Saturday, hundreds took part in the Vanderburgh Humane Society's twenty-second annual Going, Going, Gone to the Dogs! Benefit Dinner & Auction.

    More >>

    It's the biggest fund raising event for a humane society in Southern Indiana. On Saturday, hundreds took part in the Vanderburgh Humane Society's twenty-second annual Going, Going, Gone to the Dogs! Benefit Dinner & Auction.

    More >>
  • Flooding, road closures throughout Tri-State after morning rain

    Flooding, road closures throughout Tri-State after morning rain

    Saturday, April 29 2017 11:21 PM EDT2017-04-30 03:21:58 GMT
    Photo sent in by Chris Lee, showing the water over Baseline/Old Petersburg Road. (WFIE)Photo sent in by Chris Lee, showing the water over Baseline/Old Petersburg Road. (WFIE)

    Your weekend plans could be in jeopardy after large amounts of rain caused flooding in some Tri-State areas.

    More >>

    Your weekend plans could be in jeopardy after large amounts of rain caused flooding in some Tri-State areas.

    More >>
  • Madisonville City Administrator retires

    Madisonville City Administrator retires

    Saturday, April 29 2017 10:01 PM EDT2017-04-30 02:01:28 GMT
    (WFIE)(WFIE)

    A household name in Madisonville City Government is calling it a career. City administrator Chuck Shockley is retiring after spending 27 years working for the city. 

    More >>

    A household name in Madisonville City Government is calling it a career. City administrator Chuck Shockley is retiring after spending 27 years working for the city. 

    More >>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Officials: 5 dead during weekend storms, casualties may increase

    Officials: 5 dead during weekend storms, casualties may increase

    Sunday, April 30 2017 12:31 AM EDT2017-04-30 04:31:34 GMT

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

    More >>

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

    More >>
  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly