Video released of Alaska father, son illegally shooting bear and shrieking cubs

Video footage of an Alaskan father and son poaching and killing a hibernating mother bear and her two cubs last April has been released to the public for the first time

Video footage of an Alaskan father and son poaching and killing a hibernating mother bear and her two cubs last April has been released to the public for the first time

The US Humane Society released a sickening surveillance video this week, showing a father and son from Alaska illegally killing a black bear and her two newly-born cubs - while they were still hibernating inside their den.

The hunting of cubs or a mother bear with cubs is illegal in parts of Alaska, as The Humane Society explained on a petition urging Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt not to reverse a federal rule protecting certain wildlife, as his department proposed past year.

"They'll never be able to link it to us", says Andrew in the video.

The men are then seen pulling the mother bear from the den, high-fiving each other before posing for photos with the dead bear. The motion-activated camera set up for research by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game captured the shrieks of the newborn cubs as the men repeatedly fire shots. That's when the son said he had removed the collar. The pair then butcher the carcass and leave. The two men searched the site for shell casings and grabbed the bodies of the two cubs, placing them in plastic bags. "You and me don't fuck around", one of the men says. Both Andrew and Owen Renner were criminally charged over the incident.

"Yeah, that would be a good idea", said Owen in the video.

The Renners both pleaded guilty to poaching the bears in January, local Alaskan broadcast station KTUU-TV reports. Andrew Renner was sentenced to three months in jail while his son received 30 days of suspended jail time. He also had to forfeit the guns, skis and truck used on the trip.

Though the father and son thought they would escape legal punishment for the heist their actions were coincidentally caught on camera

People on the internet were outraged by the Renners' actions, calling the video "disgusting" and calling for the government to further ban trophy hunting - not make it easier to hunt big game in the U.S.

Andrew Renner's hunting license was revoked for 10 years, and Owen's is invalid for the next two years.

The gruesome clip, released Wednesday, March 27, by the Humane Society of the United States, underscores what could be happening in the American wilderness when no one is watching.

"The defendant, and anyone else that would pursue game in our state, should be on notice that killing a sow with cubs and then poaching the cubs to cover it up will result in a significant jail term and loss of hunting privileges", Alaska's Assistant Attorney General Aaron Peterson remarked in court, stressing that this particular case was the most "egregious bear cub poaching case" his office had ever seen.

Owen Renner fired twice at the adult bear while it slept in its den, the troopers said.

Armed with a hunting rifle and handgun, the two Wasilla residents crept up to a huge tree stump, where a mother black bear and her two cubs were bedded down for the winter.

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