Breaking news: Jail sentence for poacher who slaughtered hibernating mother bear and two newborn cubs in Alaska

The Humane Society of the United States is fighting to save
America’s black bears from the threat of systematic and sanctioned
cruelty proposed by our federal government, with the Renner case
serving as a disturbing reminder of how closely our government is
now aligned with trophy hunters. Photo by Alamy

A man who, along with his teenage son, mercilessly slaughtered a
hibernating mother bear and her two newborn cubs in their den, and
then lied about it, will serve time in jail for the gruesome crime
that shocked Americans when it came to light last August.

Andrew Renner was convicted of eight counts, including
unlawfully killing and transporting the bears, and sentenced to
three months in jail. The
Anchorage Daily News
reports that he will also pay a $9,000
fine, and that he has forfeited property that was confiscated from
him, including a 22-foot Sea Sport ocean boat and trailer, a 2012
GMC Sierra pickup, two rifles, two handguns, two iPhones and two
sets of backcountry skis used in the crime. His hunting license has
been revoked for 10 years.

His son, Owen Renner, was convicted of four counts, including
killing and transporting the bears. He was sentenced to 30 days of
suspended jail time and will be required to perform community
service and take a hunter safety course. His hunting license has
been suspended for two years.

According to charging documents, the crime spree occurred in
April 2018 when the Renners skied to a remote den in Alaska and

slaughtered the mother bear in front of her shrieking cubs
,
then went on to kill the cubs. They then cut up the mother’s
body, placed it into game bags, and skied away. Two days later the
father and son returned to the scene of the crime, where the father
destroyed evidence and stuffed the bodies of the newborn cubs in a
bag. Two weeks later, Andrew Renner presented the carcass as a
legal kill to the state’s wildlife agency, lied about killing the
cubs, and submitted falsified information.

The Humane Society of the United States is fighting to save
America’s black bears from the threat of systematic and
sanctioned cruelty proposed by our federal government, with the
Renner case serving as a disturbing reminder of how closely our
government is now aligned with trophy hunters. In 2017, Congress
voted to overturn a 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife rule to protect
native carnivores on public lands in Alaska by prohibiting methods
such as killing hibernating mother bears and their cubs, shooting
wolf and coyote pups and mothers at their dens, and killing brown
bears after baiting them. In 2018, in the same vein, the Department
of the Interior proposed a rule to overturn a 2015 National Park
Service decision that prohibited similar and other egregious
methods. Thousands of you wrote to the Department of the Interior
to oppose the rule. As we await a decision, we are developing more
extensive strategies to meet the threats to native carnivores in
North America.

Outrage over the Renner case and today’s sentencing should
help Congress and the Department of the Interior appreciate just
how out of step they are. The American public does not support the
cruel killing of native carnivores. A 2018 poll of Alaskans by
Remington Research Group showed that a supermajority of residents
oppose allowing cruel hunting methods in their state, with 71
percent opposed to allowing hunters to kill hibernating mother
black bears and their cubs in dens with the aid of artificial
lights.

Black bears, grizzly bears and wolves are an integral part of
America’s landscape and are among our most precious natural
treasures. If they cannot be safe from cruel killing practices on
our national preserves, there is very little meaning to our federal
government’s frequently professed desire to protect them for
future generations.

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Breaking news: Jail sentence for poacher who slaughtered hibernating mother bear and two newborn cubs in Alaska