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Bear suspected of killing US hiker

A black bear is believed to have attacked and killed a hiker in a US nature preserve.

Five friends from Edison, New Jersey, were hiking in the Apshawa Preserve when they encountered the bear, West Milford police said.

A spokesman said the group became frightened and ran in different directions. They noticed one member was missing when they regrouped.

A search team located the body of 22-year-old Darsh Patel. Police said evidence indicated he had been attacked by a bear.

A bear at the scene was put down.

State wildlife officials are assisting with the investigation.

The Apshawa Preserve is a 576-acre natural area used for hiking and bird watching, located about 45 miles north-west of New York City.

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