Ethics Complaint Filed Against Fish And Game Commission Pres. Who Shot Cougar

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The president of California’s Fish and Game Commission is facing an ethics complaint after coming under fire for killing a mountain lion in Idaho.

The complaint filed Thursday with the Fair Political Practices Commission alleges that Dan Richards illegally accepted a $6,800 gift from the Flying B Ranch in Idaho. The complaint says he didn’t pay the full fee charged to other guests who go on guided lion hunts.

Under state law, officials can’t accept gifts of more than $420 a year.

The ethics complaint is the latest salvo against Richards after a photo surfaced of him holding the dead animal. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and 40 Democratic Assembly members have joined animal rights groups in calling for his resignation.

Hunting mountain lions is banned in California, though it’s legal in Idaho and other states.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

  • Bruce

    It wasn’t a gift. he was there on a quail hunt. The Ranch happened to be doing to depredation work and told the hunters in his party to shoot any cats. Dan was a paying customer for a bird hunt, and they thanked him for shooting the lion while he was there.

    • Yes

      Don’t belive the lie “Bruce”. That was one of the “Cover Stories” to protect him…

      • Andy

        What makes you think it was a lie “Yes”. The only lie I see here is that he did anything wrong.

  • cleopatra

    How much you want to bet they will pressure this guy out, and replace him with someone else. Then and only then; we will find out the replacement is a relative of someone in office?

    A discount is not illegal. The State certainly doesn’t think so when they tell us to buy plane tickets for travel when they are on sale. Or make sure we get the state discount fee.

    Oh, and don;t forget the legislatures discount fees for Inns and Hotels.

  • Somewhere

    I support him, while I may have preferred a camera, he did not do anything wrong, GN is way off base on this one!

  • Ron

    Just try to get that magazine with his picture with the M L(couger) boy oh boy i is it popular. Dang I should have tried sooner.

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