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Camera captures father and son shooting bear and ‘shrieking’ cubs in den

The cubs begin shrieking in the den after the initial shots are fired. They move closer and Andrew Renner, just a feet away, takes aim through his rifle scope and fires several more shots, killing the newborn cubs.

ZAZ HOLLANDER: ‘A father and son from the Matanuska Valley are accused of illegally shooting a sow black bear and its two newborn cubs in a den, then trying to cover up their actions without realizing a game camera was running the whole time. Andrew Renner, 41, and Owen Renner, 18, were charged this week with felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from the mid-April poaching incident on Esther Island in Prince William Sound… A series of 30-second video clips from the camera provided investigators with evidence for their case, court documents show. One clip shows both Renners skiing near the den on April 14 and then noticing the sow, according to charging documents filed in the case.

Owen Renner shoulders his rifle and fires at least two shots at her, according to sworn summary of an Alaska Wildlife Troopers report filed by Assistant District Attorney Aaron Peterson. “Cubs begin shrieking in the den after the initial shots are fired.” The men listen for several minutes before realizing the cubs are making the sounds, the document says. They move closer and Andrew Renner, just a feet away, takes aim through his rifle scope and fires several more shots, killing the newborn cubs. “Andrew Renner is captured on video saying ‘It doesn’t matter. Bear down,’ ” Peterson wrote’. SOURCE…

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