In April 2018, father and son Andrew and Owen Renner skied to a remote Alaskan bear den and illegally slaughtered a family of hibernating black bears. Unbeknownst to the pair, the whole thing was caught on video. The bears’ den was under video surveillance as they were part of a study by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as well as the U.S. Forest Service. “The video shows A. Renner and O. Renner skiing up to the den and then O. Renner firing two shots at the denning sow. A. Renner then kills the shrieking newborn bear cubs and discards their bodies away from the den,” Alaska State Troopers wrote in their report at the time. The father and son were sentenced in January, receiving jail time and hefty fines. Andrew Renner’s hunting license was revoked for 10 years, while Owen Renner’s license was suspended for two years.
Now, almost a year later, following a successful public records request by the Humane Society, video of their crime has been made public. In the video, the men can be heard saying, “they’ll never be able to link it to us” and “we go where we want to kill.” They were later caught on video returning to the site, picking up shell casings, and disposing of the dead bear cubs in plastic bags.