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They Shot a Bear, 2 Cubs on Tape: 'They'll Never Link It to Us'

Andrew and Owen Renner didn't know they were being filmed as they illegally slaughtered bears
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2019 7:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – What Alaskan prosecutors called the "most egregious bear cub poaching case" they'd ever encountered now has video that's made its way to the public to show just how egregious it was. Andrew Renner, 41, and his 18-year-old son, Owen, were sentenced in January for illegally killing a sow and her two cubs on an island in Prince William Sound in 2018, with their actions captured on surveillance footage taken from a camera the Renners were unaware of, set up to keep tabs on local bears for a wildlife study. Per the Anchorage Daily News, those clips helped seal the deal on their conviction, and now part of the video has been released on YouTube by the Humane Society of the United States, which USA Today notes filed a public records request to get its hands on the footage.

After the mother bear has apparently been shot, the cubs can be heard on the video shrieking inside the den as the men approach, their weapons drawn, per a statement from the Alaska Department of Law. After all the bears have been shot, the men are seen yanking the mother bear out of the den and high-fiving. "They'll never be able to link it to us, I don't think," the man identified as the younger Renner can be heard saying. He also is seen posing for a photo with the carcass of the mother. "You and me, we don't f*** around," Owen Renner says. "We go where we want to kill s***." The men were convicted on a total of 12 counts for poaching and falsifying information. Andrew Renner got three months in jail and lost his hunting license for 10 years, among other penalties; Owen Renner received community service and lost his hunting license for two years. (Read more bears stories.)

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