Daily Mail is reporting for an incident in Alaska. An Alaska man and his son have been sentenced to jail time after they slaughtered a mother black bear and her two cubs in their den in a vicious act unknowingly caught on a research camera.
Andrew Renner, 41, was sentenced to three months in jail and his son Owen Renner, 18, was sentenced to 30 days of suspended time on Tuesday for the April 14, 2018 killings.
The father and son had skied to the remote bear’s den on Esther Island in Prince William Sound in the Gulf of Alaska when they attacked the mother bear in front of her two cubs.
Then the father turned his rifle on the crying newborns.
According to Daily Mail, they didn’t realize that a motion-activated camera was set up outside the den as a part of a study by the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the entire attack was filmed.
The two pleaded guilty to multiple misdemeanor counts including killing the bears, which is illegal.
‘My office believes and argued for active jail time in this case because of the egregious nature of it, and the necessity of letting the public know Alaska will not tolerate poaching,’ assistant attorney general Aaron Peterson said on Wednesday, noting that jail time is rare for wildlife cases.