Stu­dent dead in bear at­tack

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A UNIVER­SITY stu­dent was mauled to death by a black bear while he was out hitch­hik­ing.

Daten Pa­tel, 22, was walk­ing with friends in a wood­land area when they were con­fronted by the 300-pound beast.

When the bear be­gan stalk­ing them, the group scat­tered in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions.

Four of the men were able to re­group at the Ap­shawa Pre­serve in New Jersey, US, but were un­able to find Pa­tel.

Two hours after call­ing po­lice, the West Mil­ford Search and Res­cue team found the miss­ing man’s life­less body be­ing guarded by the bear.

A spokesman from the lo­cal black bear project said: “The an­i­mal could have been pre­dis­posed to at­tack but was prob­a­bly just look­ing for food.”

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