A gun-toting father and son duo mercilessly killed a hibernating black bear and her cubs in Alaska, according to surveillance footage released this week.
The video, filmed in Esther Island, Alaska in April 2018, was released Wednesday by the Alaska Department of Public Safety following a public records request by the U.S. Humane Society.
The organization said in a press release that it wanted to show the video to the public in order “to show the sheer brutality and cruelty” of the killings.
It added that the bears were part of a U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game study, which is why their den was being recorded.
Andrew Renner, then 41, and son Owen, then 18, can be seen talking among themselves about getting away with their crime.
“They’ll never be able to link it to us,” they say. “We go where we want to kill s--t.”
The pair was also filmed going back to the den site to pick up their shell casings and gathering the bear cub carcasses in a plastic bag.
The Renners were charged on felony and misdemeanor charges in August 2018, pled guilty in January 2019, and then received fines and a jail sentence, according to the Humane Society. Andrew was sentenced to five months with two months suspended and ordered to pay a $20,000 fine, with $11,000 suspended. He was also banned from hunting for 10 years.
Owen, meanwhile, was given a suspended sentence and ordered to do community service, reports the Humane Society.
“This video of a father and son killing a mother bear and her babies in their den and showing complete disregard for the lives they are taking is reprehensible,” Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement.
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