Courtesy of SF Gate:
A father and son skied to a remote bear den on an Alaska island, shot a mother bear in front of her two cubs and then one of them turned his rifle on the shrieking newborns, killing them, authorities said Wednesday.
The men didn’t know that the black bears were part of an observation program and the slaughter was caught on video by a motion-activated camera outside the den.
Andrew Renner, 41, and son Owen Renner, 18, have been charged with multiple counts, including the illegal killing of a bear and both cubs in the April incident. Under state law, it’s illegal to kill black bear cubs or sows with cubs in most of Alaska, including where the shooting occurred.
Online court records don’t list attorneys for the men from Palmer, a city near Anchorage, and a message left at a number listed for an Andrew Renner in Palmer wasn’t immediately returned Wednesday.
The video camera that captured the shooting was placed on Esther Island in Prince William Sound as part of a bear study by the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
The video shows the men shooting and killing the mother, and then after making sure she was no danger to them, murdering her cubs in cold blood.
They then removed the Fish and Game tracking collar and butchered the mother and threw the cubs into the woods.
Two days later they returned to retrieve their shell casings and cover up their crime.
I hate stories like this because it shows Alaskan men as tiny dicked douchebags.
And yeah, we certainly have our fair share of those, but we also have some really good and honest people who can live side by side with our amazing Alaskan wildlife without feeling the need to fill them with holes.