Fish and Game President Blasted for Shooting Mountain Lion

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Among the many things you might expect from our state fish and game leaders is that they not kill protected animals.

For starters.

Since it's illegal to shoot and kill mountain lions in California, Dan Richards, president of the California Fish and Game Comission, traveled two states over to gun-happier Idaho, where he could safely shoot a mountain lion without being shamed.

As you can imagine, the public revelation about Richards' fetish for hunting has outraged animal-lovers in the Golden State, many of whom are calling on the governor to remove Richards from his post. Others have started an online petition, saying that someone who will protect wildlife, rather than the interest of hunters, should be in his position.
"I'm glad it's legal in Idaho," Richards was quoted as saying.

Then move to Idaho already!

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32 comments
callmechaz
callmechaz

Let's cut the crap. California has a density of 242 people per sqare mile. Idaho has 19.2 people per square mile! That's like 12 times more human presence in the ol' Sunshine State! As long as a few million tree huggers have already carved their niche out of the California wilderness, they could care less what THEY did to destroy the big cats in their state. Just because you screwed up your state's cat population, don't criticize states that have maintained an over-abundance. Hunting them in Idaho has NO negative influence, is likely healthy for the population, and is likely designed to maintain a healthy balance in the hooved herds. What a bunch of hypocrits! If you truely want to help the big cats in California, walk north, turn left, keep walking and hold your breath as long as you can. You people are as uniformed as you are arrogant. The pity is that your ingnorance hurts, more than helps, all wildlife balance.

Laksdjf
Laksdjf

nothing illegal about hunting when and where hunting is legal. go hug some trees sf.

James D
James D

It is the same old thing Mr. Richards...."If we have to explain it you will not understand"  just step down and get out of the way.

James D
James D

 This article fails to mention there is an ongoing investigation in Southern California at the Tejon Ranch where a few dozen Mt. Lions were illegally shot during fee hunting activities.  How can CA Fish and Game hold it's standards when the leadership has no ethics?

Ronnymelo
Ronnymelo

Stop picking on him. It was legal!!Mind your own business.

Scott Solar
Scott Solar

The more I think about it the more I wonder why anyone would think that the president of the fish and game commission SHOULD NOT be a hunter. 

Shouldn't the department that regulates hunters be regulated by a hunter?

Anybody who thinks otherwise must have another agenda in mind.

Madness
Madness

Lots of DFG guys hunt. That's why they get into fish and game, because we want to take care of the land and animals. Hunting is a part of life, deal with it. I eat what I kill. Better than mass ranched cattle and poultry.

Killing a trophy animal is just that, killing for a trophy. No different then on a safari in Africa and taking a cape buffalo or gazelle. You may not agree with it, but this is America. If you can sleep and crap in Justin Herman plaza for months, I can go kill an animal.

Tmohn
Tmohn

It is a sick mind that considers the killing of anything a trophy!  Animals kill for survival, not some sick, perverted pleasure. Man (or some men) feel the need to kill in order to prove their superiority of others. The only reason they kill animals rather than another more equal combatant (other men) is because the law considers killing the latter murder, and the latter also has the same weapons and can fight back!  

Momolowe
Momolowe

Your argument is absolutely ludicrous. Talk about NOT having a moral compass. Two wrongs have never made a right.  Last time I check the Bible it said "Thou shalt not kill" and all examples of animal killings involve direct sacrifices to God or for the purpose of food. Unless this killer is grinding up cougar burgers or went to Mt. Sinai and had God request a feline sacrifice from him, he is simply someone who kills for the sake of killing. There is no moral compass that points in that direction and crapping and sleeping in a park is not mentioned anywhere in any religious text.  Poor ignorant souls. Remember, Hitler was a nationalist patriot. Be careful when you wave the flag and talk about morals when senseless killing is involved. 

Prissykitty
Prissykitty

you might eat what you kill, which is sensible, but this SOB didn't! He gave the cat to Mr Joseph Peterson, the guy who organized the dogs and such so Mr politic can shoot and be happy! Mr Peterson told me personally they still have the cat and "will be eatin'it"

Bruher
Bruher

Exactly! And since this country has lost its moral compass having denied the standard that establishes morality (God) then we are left with merely obediance to law. You who point fingers at Mr. Richards are every bit as much a hypocrite as you are accusing him of being. There are things in your own lives that you do not condone and yet do them yourselves; get the friggin' log out of your own eye. By your standards you have no more right to tell me it's wrong to hunt mountain lions (where it's legal) than I do to tell you it's wrong to be gay (where it's legal). Tell you what, let's all admit our own hypocracy and allow others to live their lives the way they want to (as long as it's legal).

Get Real
Get Real

Bruherr; great response to these Liberals!

Dan

Prissykitty
Prissykitty

get your nose out of God and see what's really coming...and there are many non liberal, although not as dephased and hicky as the Palinbrownnosers, who actually appreciate "god's" work, and respect it, without enjoying the kill of a creature who was happy and healthy until Mr NRA comes around with his big gun and lil dck

Patrick
Patrick

Camo outfit with neon orange cap? WTF.....

shawn
shawn

what a coward!!!and a douchebag!!!

A. Fisherman
A. Fisherman

More underhanded sneaky politics by the Humane Society.If they are so concerned about Mountain Lion hunting. Why are we not directed to write our letters to the Governor of Idaho? Could it be this is not about Mountain Lions at all? And I like the way the article classifies an entire state as gun"Gun Happier".Don't fall for it folks. Their lying to you.

Prissykitty
Prissykitty

because we don't want an arss deciding the welfare of any wildlife and making decisions to benefit his own sick passtime

Retired3times
Retired3times

What a dick.  Mr. Richards should resign his post and move to Idaho if he wants to kill those animals.  It may be legal in Idaho to kill them, but I believe they are still endangered.  Regardless, Mr. Richards should use a bit of discretion and not have his damned picture taken showing how proud he is to have killed one.  If he wants to hunt them, he should resign his position and move to Idaho.

Clsygrama
Clsygrama

This man was not hunting - how can you call it hunting when the animal lived on an enclosed ranch and is chased up a tree by a pack of dogs and then shot... This is not even sport.  He should be ashamed of himself and resign from his position as a "leader" in the California Fish & Game.  I have signed a petition to have him removed... This whole thing just makes me sick....

Jesse Powell
Jesse Powell

Anachronistic assclown. I'm cool with (strictly regulated) hunting of animals like boar and deer, provided that you eat what you kill. But this kind of stuff has got to stop. "What a trophy." Gag. 

Todd in so cal
Todd in so cal

Yay Finally one for the right team! I think he is a great man and sides with the right to hunt and fish as well as conserve. They are not endangered and what a trophy!

Tmohn
Tmohn

Explain to me how killing what is actually a rare creature, while in hiding, with a weapon that prevents him getting close to his "VICTIM" makes him a great man.  More like the f*&n coward he his.  I might be impressed if he'd killed this creature of God in hand to claw combat defending someone!

Prissykitty
Prissykitty

what the hell is wrong with you sicko!!!

Prissykitty
Prissykitty

And what are you so happy about, he's going DOWN DOWN DOWN

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

These are wild animals we're talking about here.  That mountain lion had a family, a home, etc. and now it's all for shit just because this idiot likes to play with guns?

Fuck that.  The "right" to hunt is a pathetic excuse for what this man did.  He should be in jail.

Bob nelson
Bob nelson

I watched a segment on Nat. Geo. and the female lions would have to hide there cubs because the male lions would try to kill them. That is a real good family. I back Dan Richards 100 %

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

You back the destruction of nature?  Good for you.  Maybe you should start with yourself.

NewsDog
NewsDog

You have watched too many Disney movies. A family? Most big cats are solitary and they fight amongst themselves for territory.  

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

WTF? If you want to kill exotic animals, why not break into a zoo and open fire with a machine gun?  It's just as much of a "sport" as what this idiot was doing.

AySes
AySes

seeing that beautiful being DEAD in his arms is like seeing a murderer bragging about killing a person. Its disturbs my mind. THERE IS NOT ONE REASON GOOD ENOUGH FOR DOING WHAT HE DID> taking a life is MURDER. End of story. he should lose his position and made to go to therapy until he sees the error of this selfish violence!

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