As animal lovers, many of us have different opinions on legal hunting. However, when it comes to poaching animals, we think nearly everyone can agree that it’s not only illegal but also morally wrong and purely evil. Sadly, in Alaska a father and son working together committed an unspeakable crime.
Andrew Renner and his son Owen Renner skied out to a remote area called Esther Island where they knew that the mother bear was hibernating with her babies. In the video, which we included below, Andrew coldly murdered the defenseless, hibernating mama bear.
Then, either because they were terrified or injured, the two cubs in the den start to scream. Of course, Andrew directly fired off a couple more shots and killed the babies in cold blood as well.
NEVER SAY NEVER
Right after the final blast from his father’s gun, you can hear Owen Renner exclaim, “They’ll never be able to link it to us.”
However, if either of the men had paid the least bit of attention, they would have known just how wrong that statement was.
You see, as part of a joint study between the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game a motion sensor camera caught the entire horrible scene.
Now, it’s one thing to murder a defenseless animal and her babies while they sleep. These two knuckleheads doubled down.
After they dragged the mama’s corpse out of her den, the two men actually high fived each other — then dared to pose for a photo. Somehow, in their deranged minds, they had accomplished something worthy of celebration.
In reality, the two men had broken numerous laws and their time was already running out.
The two men loaded out their “kills,” and left the area. On the video, you can hear the son say the following as the two men walk away:
“You and me, we don’t (expletive) around,” the younger man says. “We go where we want to kill (expletive).”
Owen and Andrew even returned two days later to go over the scene. The two criminal masterminds wanted to make sure they didn’t leave any incriminating evidence behind.
Of course, the two Einsteins failed to use their brilliant eyes to see the camera capturing the entire thing.
Attorney General Aaron Peterson called this “the most egregious bear cub poaching case his office has ever seen.”
Between them, the father and son pleaded guilty to 12 counts between the two of them for poaching and falsifying documents.
Andrew served three months in jail, lost his GMC truck, two rifles, two handguns, the skis they used, and his 22-foot boat. In addition to that, he paid a $9,000 fine and can’t get another hunting license for a decade.
Owen, since he was only 17 at the time of the incident, lost his license for only two years and had to do community service.
One thing is sure, you may get away with poaching once, but you won’t get away with it more than that. There are thousands of trail cameras and such out in the woods these days.
We are glad these two men got what they deserved. And we hope against hope someone hears their story and learns their lesson well before they pull the trigger.
Warning: this video contains graphic content: