Poachers shot ‘shrieking’ newborn bear cubs and their mother as game camera recorded

Poachers shot ‘shrieking’ newborn bear cubs and their mother as game camera recorded

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A game camera captured footage of two men illegally a sow and two cubs in their den and then attempting to cover it up, according to a Wednesday dispatch from Alaska Wildlife Troopers.

What the men didn’t seem to realize: The bears were being monitored on video and audio as a part of aU.S. Forest Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game study.

A stock image shows a black bear sow and cubs – Seventh Day Photography, Getty Images/iStockphoto

Police say that video shows the men shooting the sow, “the shrieking newborn bear cubs” and discarding their bodies. The incident happened on Esther Island in Prince William Sound on April 14.

Andrew Renner, 41, and Owen Renner, 18 – both of Palmer, Alaska – face felony and misdemeanor charges related to the incident.

Police say the men returned to the scene to dispose of the cubs’ bodies and pick up spent shells. Andrew Renner reported the harvest of the sow but told authorities that no cubs were present, police say.

The Humane Society of the United States has condemned the shooting: “There isn’t enough outrage in the world to cover the depravity of this wanton crime, “Kitty Block, acting president and CEO, said in a statement.

The statement claims some lawmakers are working to make “this sort of killing perfectly legal on National Park Service lands in Alaska.”

While black bears can be hunted legally in the region under certain circumstances, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game prohibits harvesting sows with cubs. The practice is “hard on the population and it’s illegal,” according to the department’s black guide for the region.

The sow that was shot was among 20 being studied following concerns of declining black bear numbers in the area, according a report from the Anchorage Daily News.

The men charged are father and son; Owen was 17 years old when the incident occurred, according to the publication.

After shooting the cubs, Andrew Renner said, “It doesn’t matter. Bear down,” according to court records cited by the Daily News.

This article was first published by USA Today.


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FIONA
FIONA

POACHERS are nothing more than cowards since they sneak into wildlife sanctuaries to film and hunt bears including cubs and./or mother bears trying to protect their baby cubs. The fine should be 5 years in prison for each bear and $10,000 fine per bear and if filmed make it additional $50,000. Money could be used to feed, guard, install cameras for these poacher or rather subhuman person(s). This is disgusting.

Donna Wilson Young

My God!!!

Alice Maingi

Why why why.???? I can only cry. There is people what know where the Bears was why nobody have they safe????

Maria Anna Mavromichalis

the hunter should be hung & shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kristine Donotbotherme

I have lots of bad words for them.

Karen Yap

Go eat some poison Ivy.

Mia C. Gill

I mean I bear hunt

Cameron McElroy
Anita Rosinola

IT’S EVERYWHERE! NOT JUST NEW JERSEY!

Angela L. Mulkey

Vile Evil Monsters!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

if you want to hunt build a time machine and go back to the Stone Age, heartless psycho losers

Susan Boyce

This happened in Alaska asking for comments