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Documents Pertaining To the 9/21/14 West Milford Fatal Bear Attack

On September 21, 2014, a fatal predatory black bear attack occured in West Milford, Passaic County, resulting in the death of a 22-year old male, Darsh Patel. The attack took place in the Apshawa Preserve, a 576-acre nature preserve cooperatively managed by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Passaic County.

Below are links to public documents pertaining to this tragic event.

      NJDEP Hotline Incident Report (pdf, 85kb)
    *NJDFW Bureau of Law Enforcement Report, CO Driscoll (pdf, 212kb)
    *NJDFW Bureau of Law Enforcement Report, Lt. Sutton (pdf, 235kb)
    *Statement of "Hiker 1" (pdf, 135kb)
    *Statement of "Hiker 2" (pdf, 168kb)
      NJ Dept. of Agriculture Necropsy Intermediate Report (pdf, 220kb)
      NJ Dept. of Agriculture Necropsy Final Report (pdf, 25kb)
    *East Stroudsburg University Necropsy Report (pdf, 2.5mb)
      East Stroudsburg University DNA Profile Report (pdf, 38kb)
    *Letter from DFW Director Chanda to WMPD Chief Storbeck, 10-24-14 (pdf, 115kb)

* Updated or new, 10/31/14

Bear Facts - Black Bears in New Jersey

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Last Updated: October 31, 2014