Chilling Footage of the Renner’s Illegal Bear Killing

 

Chilling footage has been released of Andrew and Owen Runner’s now infamous black bear trophy hunt in Alaska last April.

 
The father-son duo are shown firing into the hollow that the mother bear and her cubs are hibernating in, killing the mother while the cubs shriek in fear. The father, Andrew Renner, then shoots two cubs at point-blank before hauling out the mother bear‘s corpse with his son. The men high-five, and then proceed to hack the mother bear into pieces, stuff her skin into a plastic bag, and leave the remains behind.
 
A few days later, the men returned to the scene to attempt to hide evidence of their heinous crime. They picked up spent bullet casings, stuffed the dead cubs into bags, and disposed of the mother bear’s tracking collar. Thankfully, the Renner’s crimes were captured by an on-site camera set up as part of a study by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service. Andrew Renner is currently serving a five-month prison sentence, and both defendants were ordered to pay $1,800 restitution, the amount set by statute for illegally killing black bears. Andrew Renner had his hunting license revoked for 10 years, and Owen Renner for two years.
 
This video offers a preview of what could happen to Alaska’s bears and wolves if the current administration succeeds in rolling back protections for these animals. Sadly, killing cubs with females is already legal in certain parts of Alaska under certain circumstances. If the new proposals by the Trump administrations Interior Secretary are enacted, it could become so in federal wildlife refuges and national park preserves.
 

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