Fish And Game Commission Head Under Fire For Killing Mountain Lion

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The head of California’s Fish and Game Commission is under fire over the killing of a mountain lion, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The newspaper reports that California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging Commission president Daniel Richards to resign over the incident.

Richards apparently shot the cougar while on a hunting expedition in Idaho. A photograph showing him holding the bloody carcass has been making it around the internet.

Killing a mountain lion is illegal in California, however it is legal in Idaho.

The newspaper says conservationists and animal lovers are outraged. It says Gavin on Monday joined 40 Democratic Assembly members calling for Richards to resign.

There is also an online petition being circulated by The Humane Society of the United States that allows people to send a message to the California Fish and Game Commission saying the killing of the cougar is “unacceptable”.

However, several hunting and fishing groups are rallying behind him. The California Outdoor Heritage Alliance saying “Mr. Richards’ legal hunting activities, while in Idaho, have no bearing on the execution of his duties in the protection of California’s wildlife. “

The next commission hearing is scheduled for February 7 in Riverside.

Comments

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  1. KAT says:

    LET’S FOCUS ON WHATS IMPORTANT,LIKE THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY. WE’RE LOSING EVERY PRINCIPAL WE WERE FOUNDED ON. COME ON PEOPLE…..REALLY, THIS ASS DOSEN’T DESERVE THE TIME OF DAY. I HOPE SOME DAY A MOUNTAIN LION TAKES HIM OUT

  2. sassafras says:

    Right KAT lets get rid of Gavin Newsom what utter nonsencecoming from a government official down right embarassing for a matter of fact that cat would kill any of you and eat you in nothing flat. I am sure the ranchers ,in the area are glad that there is one less monster lion to kill little calves and lambykins. I saw my first m l killed at age 5 my gram shoot him out of a tree(branch over chicken enclosure)boy was that exciting, loved it.

  3. Richard Raznikov says:

    I offer the following modest suggestion to resolve this issue.

    Drop a couple of mountain lions into Richards’ living room some evening while the family’s dining. F*X could film it, a kind of karmic reality show. The guy’d have a fair chance, which is more than the cat had.

    http://lookingglass.blog.co.uk/2012/03/02/hey-bungalow-bill-12981921/

    1. woolee says:

      silly city boy

    2. Joe says:

      Do you eat meat? If so, should we drop hogs and bulls in your home? If you eat meat, the animals you eat didn’t have a “fair chance.”

  4. Dennis says:

    I offer another Suggestion. Impeach any politician that has traveled to Las Vegas or Reno and openly gambled. California law is California law RIGHT

  5. letsgohuntingmountainlions says:

    What a bunch of mamby pambys. I’ll bet every da-n one of you animal lovers eat, turkey, chicken,lamb, steak, hamberger, pork chops, veal, fish, rabbit, squirell, pheasant etc, you should all be ashamed eating them thar
    critters jealous little creeps that would not know HOW to go hunting, poor babies, itty,bitty anermol lovers.

    1. maria says:

      Ya probably go huntin’ because you’re all alone…I haven’t eaten any animal for the last 25 years, but you, enjoy your bypass !

  6. maria says:

    STRAIGHT OUT OF THE CALI FISH AND GAME AGENDA:
    RECEIPT OF HEARING OFFICER RECOMMENDATIONS ON LICENSE AND PERMIT
    ITEMS.
    I. DIANE DRAGOTTO-WILLIAMS (WILDHAVEN RANCH) – DENIAL OF WILDLIFE
    REHABILITATION PERMIT RENEWAL.

    AND THEY ARE NOT BIASED?????

    1. Jon reid says:

      Why does that make them biased? They upheld a judges ruling. I don’t get your point.

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