Thursday, February 23, 2012

California Fish and Game Director in Crosshairs for Killing Idaho Mountain Lion

Posted By on Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 9:01 AM

A Fish and Game commissioner is under fire for killing a mountain lion in Idaho, which is legal, but the problem is the commissioner is from California.

A statewide campaign has been waged to force Dan Richards out of his position as president of the California F&G. Mountain lions have been protected in California since the passage of Proposition 117 in 1990. An effort to repeal the measure failed in 1996.

According to the San Diego Union Tribune, Richards' critics are mad because the F&G president "boasted about his cougar kill and posed smiling with it, indications of his view of the California law."

"No big surprise they would be revolted at the image of our top Fish and Game commissioner trophy hunting and taking a mountain lion with a big smile on his face," said Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director of the Human Society of the United States. "It's sort of equivalent to a drug czar heading off to a foreign country where drug use is legal, participating and posting pictures on the Internet."

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