Two men, Andrew Renner, 41, and Owen Renner, 18, were charged with several crimes after allegedly shooting and killing a female black bear and her two ‘shrieking’ cubs inside a den in Alaska. The gruesome act was captured on a motion-activated video camera as the bears were part of a 3-year study by the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Owen Renner was seen on the video shooting the mother black bear in April on Esther Island in Prince William Sound, said police. According to a sworn summary of events by police that was filed in court, the “cubs begin shrieking in the den after the initial shots are fired.”
His father, Andrew Renner, 41, then took “aim through his rifle scope only feet away and fires several more shots, killing the newborn bear cubs,” per the court documents. He was also seen on video saying: ‘It doesn’t matter. Bear down,’” authorities said.
After the Renners discovered the mother bear was wearing a tracking collar, they returned to the den to collect their gun shells and dispose of the cubs’ bodies, officials said. They later turned in the mother’s collar and skin to authorities but claimed they had shot the sow at a different location and saw no cubs with her.