Black bears killed on camera were part of study

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The camera that Alaska Wildlife Troopers say caught a pair of men illegally shooting three black bears to death was part of a study meant to determine black bear numbers in Prince William Sound, state officials said Thursday.

Andrew Renner, 41, and Owen Renner, 18, were charged this week with killing the sow and its two cubs in April, on the sound’s Esther Island. Troopers seized a truck, boat and hunting rifles the Wasilla residents allegedly used to reach the bears, then shoot first the sow and its “screaming” cubs.

Bruce Dale, director of Fish and Game’s Division of Wildlife Conservation, said Thursday that the camera which recorded the April 14 crime had been placed as part of a 2016 effort to study black bears in the Prince William Sound area.

Black bears killed on camera were part of study
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