Saturday, March 3, 2012

Formal Complaint Filed Against Calif. F&G Chief Who Killed Idaho Cougar

Posted By on Sat, Mar 3, 2012 at 10:21 AM

A formal complaint was filed Friday against the president of Californiia's Fish and Game Commission, who shot and killed a mountain lion during an Idaho hunting trip.

Kathy Bowler, the former executive director of the California Democratic Party, filed the complaint because she said Daniel Richards killed the cougar at an Idaho ranch that normally charges thousands of dollars for the privilege. Bowler said California law limits gifts to state officials like Richards to a maximum of $420 a year. Bowler also said Richards didn't properly report the gift to California's Fair Political Practices Commission.

Richards visited the Flying B Ranch, near Kamiah, in January. The ranch charges $6,800 for seven days of cougar hunting with two guides.

Similar hunting was banned in California in 1971.

California's FPPC is required to conduct a preliminary review of the complaint before determining if there will be a full-blown investigation.

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