TRENTON, NJ - Bear declared not rabid, according to documents released by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife pertaining to the Edison resident killed on September 21st in West Milford,

A necropsy report prepared by New Jersey Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory in Ewing, NJ, stated that the bear’s brain was tested for rabies. The test concluded that the bear tested negative for rabies.

Darsh Patel was part of group of four friends hiking in the Apshawa Preserve late last month when a black bear began following group. The group scattered in different directions only later to discover Darsh Patel was missing and immediately called police.  

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