Just when you thought hunting couldn’t get any crueler, a father and son from Wasilla, Alaska illegally slaughtered a mother bear in her den and then shot her two “shrieking” newborn cubs. The bears had been living on Esther Island in Prince William Sound.
The egregious act occurred on April 14, 2018, when the father and son had been out skiing. According to Fox News, the entire sickening crime was caught on a motion activated video camera set up to monitor the den as part of a study being conducted by the United States Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
The video showed Andrew Renner and his son shoot the sleeping mother bear with a rifle which caused the cubs to start hysterically crying inside of the den. Andrew Renner then shot the cubs. After that the Renners butchered the mother bear, and video showed the men returning to collect the bullet shells and toss away the bodies of the babies. Two weeks later, however, Renner brought the mother’s bear skin and tracking collar to authorities stating he didn’t realize until after he shot the mother bear, that she had cubs.
Cameras had previously been installed by Alaska Department of Fish and Game to study black bears and to follow whether the bears have cubs. It was only by chance that the camera captured the heartbreaking crime and the cruelty involved.
The charges accused Andrew Renner, 41, and his son Owen Renner, 18, of felony misdemeanors relating to illegal hunting. It is illegal in Alaska to kill a mother bear with her cubs. The men were charged with unlawfully taking a female bear with cubs, unlawfully taking a bear cub and possessing and transporting illegally taken game. Andrew also faced charges for tampering with evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
According to CNN, the men pleaded guilty to poaching charges and were sentenced to three-months in jail and have been banned from hunting for the next ten years. Owen Renner, 18, received a 30-day suspended sentence and is required to perform community service. In addition, Andrew Renner was fined $9,000, ordered to forfeit his boat, pickup truck, guns, iPhones and skis.
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