Gavin Newsom Demands Fish and Game President Resign After Shooting Mountain Lion

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Gavin Newsom has found something to do!
Last week, California animal activists were convulsing with anger after they learned their very own president of the state Fish and Game Commission traveled to Idaho to shoot and kill a mountain lion without being shamed.

But grief is all Dan Richards has gotten since his hunting vacation in Idaho, where he proudly shot this mountain lion pictured at right. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is the first political figure in the state to ask the happy hunter to resign from his post. Newsom -- who last week admitted his government position was kinda pointless -- made use of his time and penned a letter to Richards today, telling him that he clearly cannot serve as the president of Fish and Game Commission while being such an avid hunter of mountain lions -- anywhere.

But his missive wasn't completely political. Newsom then confessed that his request of Richards is also personal.
As you may know, my father Judge William Newsom is a long-time mountain lion advocate and past president of the Mountain Lion Preservation Foundation. Additionally, I have personally worked for the protection of these majestic animals and their habitat.

"While not in California at the time, your actions call into question whether you can live up to the calling of your office," Newsom writes. "As is stated on the Commission's website, your actions should be in the "best interest of the resource and truly reflect the wishes and needs of the people."

In 1972, then California Gov. Ronald Regan signed legislation banning the sport of hunting mountain lions for five years. That ban was twice renewed before the voters passed Proposition 117 in 1990, which officially made it illegal to hunt mountain lions in the state.

"I'm sure I needn't remind you of the many challenged facing California and the important work ahead for the Commission. Your presence on the Commission is a distraction from those important issues," Newsom wrote.

No word on whether Richards will dump his post and move to Idaho. Incidentally, Newsom did applaud the commissioner for not doing anything illegal while visiting the potato state.

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MonkeeMan
MonkeeMan

Newsome needs to get back to banging his best friends' wives.  He clearly has nothing better to do with his time.

Tayna Smith
Tayna Smith

Its legal to hunt them in Idaho. He didn't break the law, he went hunting.  I wish activists would go to idaho and run through the woods, one less group of idiots to worry about.  I am sure some moron will an cow and chicken if this guy gets replaced. Good grief, the idiot Governor goes away for a week and the clown Newsom goes headhunting (no pun intended).  Get a life 

peace
peace

I’m not a hunter and never touched a gun in my life, but I the witch hunt against the Fish and Game Commissioner Richards, an ethical environmentalist, is appalling and irrational. I appreciate Richard’s courage to speak his convictions and to educate about environmental management and ethical hunting. In his honor, and inspired by his example, I am making a commitment to eat what I kill from now on.  I’m not going to buy chicken only to let it rot in my fridge.

Rancher
Rancher

Wow, alot of really interesting comments. Where to start......as a Montana rancher, raising beef cattle, every time I lose a cow, it's a $10,000 hit to me, if you figure future calves. So if I lose 5 cattle a year to lion predation, what beef I do have are going to cost you more. So you ecoidiots, everytime you drive your Prious out to your favorite restraunt can expect to pay a heck of alot more for my beef. This is my land, and it's where I make my living. Wolf, coyote, lion, it doesn't matter, you chase and eat my stock, I will shoot you.What your Director did was a perfectly legal, and much needed method of controlling populations. I am so glad I live up here, and not in your state!

oldgrizzly1
oldgrizzly1

I support your legally taking of a mountain lion in Idaho or any other State where it's legal.  The responsible management of our wild game is both intelligent and humane.

Umojan202
Umojan202

You people know that the cat was on private property and that they ate it afterwards right?  

John Larson
John Larson

So, if a man leaves his own state and goes to Idaho to do what's not legal in his own, You think he should be fired? Example, 1) If a California fireman that enforces the law of "no use of fireworks" goes to South Dakota and legally uses fireworks, He should be fired because he didn't honor California's law in South Dakota? 2) If an employee of the the CA automotive Emission Dept goes to Arkansas and knowingly drives a car that does not have the emissions specification required by California law, He should be fired too? 3) How about a California Law enforcement person that enforces the law, "no concealed weapons". Say he goes to Arizona  where you can carry a concealed weapon. Should he loose his job in Ca, because he didn't honor California's law in Arizona? 4) If a game biologist in Ca. suggests that Ca set the limit of Salmon to "2 per person per day-2 in possession" But then he goes to Alaska and gets 4 per day, 20 in possession, Should he loose his job as well? After all, he didn't follow California's law that was based off his recommendation...when he was in Alaska! The Correct answer is NO, none of those Californian's should loose their jobs. They are following the laws in the state that that they were in at the time of their actions. That's why they left California,  They were respecting the law of California, and went somewhere else where their action WERE legal. They did NOTHING wrong!

Ddfrench
Ddfrench

TO John Larson right on.  You brought up south dakota. I would invite all our calif liberal residents to visit my home town of Custer South Dakota.  You can not use the walking paths you can not let your children play outside, you can not work in a garden, you have to protect your pets when you let them out, all of the deer have come to town to escape the lions so when you mow you have to wade through stickey deer poop. Lions are sighted in town in the daytime on a regular basis. Why dont all you calif politicians and liberals come to the beautiful black hills and hike our walking paths. If you do I will be a national hero. Only in calif can you find such an ingorant bunch of politicans.  Also people to vote them into office. To wonderful people of california who live in the real world you must be very couragous to live amongst so many fools . ddfrench

Umojan202
Umojan202

exactly, this whole circus is a democrat witch hunt.   Dan Richards did nothing wrong and in order to push their liberal agenda (mlpa etc) they need someone in office which does not follow sense but orders.  The majority of people here only know half of the story, they shot and also ate the cat....  They didn't go "trophy hunting"...

Now if the people in office worked this hard on actual issues the state faces... CA probably wouldn't be this deep in shi...

Umojan202
Umojan202

Not to mention the douche Gavin shouldn't be one to talk.  I don't think someone who has been in a sex scandal should be a Lt. Governor... He also has a personal vendetta... 

Greg
Greg

Folks, regardless of how you feel about whether he should have or shouldn't have shot the mountain lion, the issue I see is Politcal Correctness taking precedent over the Constitution.  What Constitutional right do they have to tell Dan what he can and cannot do in IDAHO!

Political Correctness gone crazy!

Guest
Guest

fire dan richards NOW!

Joshjoan89
Joshjoan89

Renee, I would rather liberals actually be liberal. I would rather you mind your business and let us enjoy our freedoms. If you don't like hunting, it's simple, don't hunt!

Any meat taken from the wild is soooo much better tasting, more healthy than anything you buy. The animals I have harvested were born wild, lived natural lives, and ate foods natural to their diet. Free of growth hormones, antibiotics. Unlike the the food mill assembly line crap in the store.

Joshjoan89
Joshjoan89

Sorry Danae for getting your name wrong.Here is a little experiment for you.

Turn on fox news and pay attention to the women. See how beautiful they are, see how nice their skin is and their eyes are bright and sparkly. Their hair is pretty.

Now flip to msnbc and look at them the same way. Skin is pale, hair is thin and stringy, funky, gangly build.

Now take that out in the world with you and look around, you will begin to see the same thing. Conservative are generally happier, healthier, and prettier people. Take Sarah Palin, she is beautiful! She got that way from caribou not tofu! Oh, and all that fresh wild caught salmon too! Can't forget that!

So please don't hate us because we are pretty people. We just understand that meat is good to eat. If we weren't supposed to eat it, we wouldn't be able to digest it. A bloody elk stake beats a pile of bean sprouts anyday. EAT MEAT! The wild kind if possible

Danae_lexovii5
Danae_lexovii5

I would rather see inbred illiterate hunters shot and posed as trophies. And their dogs too.

John Larson
John Larson

Well Danae, It's really sad to see people in the great country of the US that are so misinformed, or uninformed and base their conclusions on emotions. The conclusions that we base the amount of tags issued for each year, are based off of years of research, instead of emotions. As for your emotional statement " INBRED ILLITERATE HUNTERS", all that you are doing is make yourself look more and more like a fool. My parents would take that "INBRED" very offensive. Illiterate? For your information, Not just anybody can go hunting. Every person that wants to go hunting, HAS TO by law go to a "HUNTER SAFETY CERTIFICATION" class. In that class we are taught wildlife conservation, Firearms safety, respect for other peoples views of hunting, and the list goes on. After the classes, we have to take a written test, so much for illiterate. If we don't pass with a certain score, we can't get a license. I would really like to see you join Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), Ducks Unlimited (DU), Mule Deer Foundation, Etc. From there you would realize that how we the hunters put back into the environment. I would suggest that you do a very simple test. Look up www.charitynavigator.com . In their website you can see that when they are comparing and rating the efficiency of wildlife conservation organizations, they are basing other organizations off of the efficiency of DU, and RMEF. The majority of the members of these organizations are hunters. I live off the Phrase "if we put back into the society, community, and ecology more than we take out...it will always leave plenty for the next generation" Then last, you are contradicting yourself as an animal lover when you are wishing my dog to be shot, and posed as a trophy. 

BILLBOHUNT
BILLBOHUNT

I say good for you Dan Richards for taking a legal mountain lion in a state that's not afraid to control it predators. California has done a piss poor job of this and our deer herds pay for it..I have been huntin in california for 25 years or more and watched the deer herds go from 12000 to 3000 in my zone alone..Just because he works for fish and game doesn't mean he can't hunt  and enjoy the freedoms we have in the USA..I'll pass this on to all my huntin buddies to quite the non hunting rhetoric out there these days. DAN YOUR WELCOME IN MY CAMP ANYTIME.

John Larson
John Larson

WOW! this is a trip! I can't believe that there are that many people out there condemning Hunting. They must be city slickers that have never seen the real wildlife with their naked eyes. They never got their Labrador attacked by a Mtn lion like ours did this last winter.  We wouldn't be here if our forefathers didn't go hunting. Hunters are the most efficient, & effective wildlife activists of all. We pay for ALL of the wildlife biologists, game wardens, scientists, in our state wildlife departments through the fees that we pay when we buy our Fishing, &/or hunting licenses. Our deer/elk/mountain lion/bighorn sheep/antelope/mountain goat tags that we pay for are where the management funds come from. If we want to hunt for Quail, Hungarian Partridges, Sage hen, or Chukar, WE pay for all of the "upland game bird stamps" that finance the management. If we want to hunt for any waterfowl, WE buy federal AND State duck stamps. Those are the fees that pay for the management. I buy a Mountain Lion tag EVERY year here in Nevada. Out of 7 years, I've only got one. I had to go about 30 times to get one, and by the way, they are great to eat. They are just like pork without the fat. Here in Nevada we have a very big impact on our game animals by mountain lions. Dan Richards was hunting in a state that has many mountain lions, harvesting 100 out of Idaho would barely make a dent. Just like here in Nevada, Cat hunting has had no negative impact on the Cougar population what so ever. We had a similar situation here in Nevada with the proposition of hunting black bears. There were over 1800 people that were afraid that the bears didn't deserve to be killed. Every time that one of the California city slickers moved over here, and started to feed them. Once they got too close, the dept of wildlife got called and WE the hunters, paid for it until there was enough impact on OUR money that the feds had to pitch in on the financing from other departments. As for "trophy hunting" I can go both ways on that. If the person is looking for a big wall hanger that is usually the older one of the herd, that one will soon become the weak old one in the herd and die to the live shredding from a mountain lion, pack of wolves, or pack of coyotes. If it will produce many meals for the trophy hunter, I'm all for it! ALL of those Trophy hunters also have to follow a law called the WANTON WASTE law. They can be prosecuted if they just take the cape and antlers and leave the meat.   I have a few recipes for the Mountain lion hunters here: Look up the recipe for "Chicken Picatta" I usually use the back strap cut into 1/4" steaks. Just replace the Chicken with it, you'll love it. As you're butchering the cat, you'll find a few pieces of meat that are still very tough. Since we eat everything that we shoot, I suggest grinding the tough meat up and adding an Italian Sausage mix or making your own with it. Then make Ravioli's with the sausage mixed with Ricotta cheese. My personal preferences were to add Parmesan cheese. My wife and I have found that a nice Garlic based White wine sauce goes very well with the raviolis! One more suggestion, When you are preparing the Tenderloins, I suggest that you put it on Olive Oil with chunks of garlic for at least 3 hours ahead of grilling it. Since there is NO fat in the cat, the loins otherwise turn out very dry! A nice Viognier, or Chardonnay will pair with any of these delicious dishes very well!  Everyone, Here's a toast to Dan Richards for following the laws in California, and Idaho. You be the man!

Chadyb23
Chadyb23

Liberal sons a bitches.  Live and let live, it's called freedom of choice.  The animal rights fanatics got their way, but what about the outdoorsmen?  They lost rights!  Oh, and imagin people get attacked and killed by mountain lion's in CA now, strange??  There's another thing called conservation, wise use of a resource.  You can hunt mountain lions without making them extinct.  Thats what bag limits and game wardens are for. 

Joshjoan89
Joshjoan89

I want someone who knows a bit about hunting and fishing to be in charge of it.Hunters do more, care more, and spend more money on the preservation of wildlife than any other group.

We need more leaders in our government that actually know something about their job.

Scott
Scott

Hey Mikell Millar, 

 Wow you think Richards should be fired for hunting the lion.  He paid an out of state license and out of state tag fees which goes into management of game in Idaho.  I am a hunter and have been so all of my life.  I was also a cop for over 30 years so should I not have had the public's trust since I was a hunter?  I do not understand your correlation.  Can you elaborate or are you simply blowing off emotional steam???  Additionally please explain what money amounts you have donated for wildlife preservation.  I would suspect you do not even know that it is the sportsman dollar which has repeatedly brought back many species to record numbers, including deer, wild turkey, ducks, geese, elk, and many types of fish which have been destroyed by man's encroachment  In fact it was sportsmens groups who supported the wolf introduction and proper management.  Problem with the wolf issue is the pro wolf people believe that the number of wolves is never enough.  Meanwhile the elk and deer have been decimated.   Wolves, and lions, must be managed.  i use to hunt deer in California.  I stopped since i rarely even see a deer.

Scott
Scott

Henry,

Please explain how Richards is a hyocrite.  He does not set the laws regarding the non hunting of the mountain lion in California.  Possibly you should educated yourself before posting on this site.  The mountain lion issue was presented to the California voters under prop 117 and passed to end hunting of the lion in California several years ago.  Another law passed on emotion rather than scientific, biological facts.  The regulation of the lion was completely taken away from the experts, Fish and Game, and placed into the sympathetic voters of California.  You know people who have never seen a lion, don't live in lion country, and have no idea how the lion survives or the amount of space one lion needs for adequate survival. 

Scott
Scott

So when a person follows their pursuit of happiness, whether it be hunting or any activity, they can be subjected to dismissal from a public office, even without breaking the law? I think there is a due process issue here. For following a legal activity in a free society these can be the consequences. I thought we lived in a society of freedom, a society where people can pursue their happiness and enjoy freedoms.  I guess not if it is something Lt. Gov. Newsom is not in agreement. I hope Dan Richards considers suing Newsom for slander and infringement of his civil rights.  Newsom is attacking Richards over his own personal feelings (prejudices) while using his position as an elected official of California, and doing so at the cost of the California tax payer. 

I have read many of the posts on this article.  I am not certain what people are refering to as "trophy hunting," especially those people referring to it as being disgusting.  I had an elk tag in a coveted area of Nevada.  I "trophy hunted" for a certain size animal, having passed up many legal elk I could have taken to fill my tag and my freezer.  Consequently, I came home empty handed.  I find nothing disgusting about trophy hunting. I set a standard for myself during the hunt and the result was an empty freezer.  My choice.  Richards shot what looks to me to be a trophy lion.  Whether he eats it or not is his choice.  By law he does not have to eat it. 

To those of you who do not know, there is a huge difference between trophy hunting and a canned hunt.  Ethical hunters do not believe in canned hunts whatsoever!

I have heard aguments from non hunters telling me they do not know how I can shoot something cute like a deer (Bambe syndrome) but they have no issue with me catching and eating fish because they are "ugly."  Yet even some of you fishermen, who catch fish and eat them, have no thought of killing a carp or sucker fish with no intent ever of possibly eating it.  Why is it okay to kill a carp, Mr. Fisherman, but not a lion???  Or is it only because it is based on your personal thoughts (prejudices) or as the Lt. Governor stated that the lion is such a majestic creature but a carp I guess is not.  Your arguments, as are the Lt. Governor's,  are being based on personal boundaries.

Get over it people.  He legally pursued a lion and took it on his own time and not representing his position with the State of California during the activity. 

And for the record regarding Idaho hunting;  The state of Idaho now loses over 5 billion dollars a year in sportmens revenue from the lack of out of state license sales, food sales, equipment purchases, hotel accomadations, vehicle repairs, gasoline sales, etc.  This is due to out of state hunting revenue  refusing to come there with the decline of the elk and deer herds due to the "introduction" not 're-introduction" of the  Canadian wolf. 

Mike Bryant
Mike Bryant

He may as well move to Idaho.  It's attitudes like this that has caused California to be in the shape that it's in and why people are exiting California in droves.  

StocktonJoe
StocktonJoe

What's next?  California not letting people move out of state because they don't like the laws someplace else?  I realize that being Lt. Governor is like being Vice President.  You do the State wedding and funeral circuit and that's about it.  But this sounds like Gavin Newsom just doesn't have enough to do.

Cal Ryan
Cal Ryan

Gavin Newsom, who does nothing and he admitted it, out to stop taking tax payers money for a job he does nothing, and get a real job. What does he know about anything related to a persons rights to hunt in this country. This is embarassing to say the least.

Henry
Henry

Nobody, not even Gavin, are accusing Dan of illegal actions.  Gavin is accusing Dan of being the hypocrite that he is. 

Eric Mills
Eric Mills

 Dear Henry:  I'm puzzled.  Why do you think Dan Richards is a hypocrite?

Bob nelson
Bob nelson

If anyone should resign it should be  Gavin Newsom. He has no right to have someone fired for doing something legal.  It was taken in Idaho with a tag that he paid for. 

Scott Solar
Scott Solar

I support Dan in all his legal hunting activities. In Idaho hunting puma is perfectly legal with proper tags. 

All Dan is doing is embarrassing those who support a silly ban on the species. A ban that results in loss of human freedoms AND LIVES.

Bringing attention to this highly politicized matter is a good thing. Now perhaps we can have a reasoned discussion on the topic. 

@Dan congratulations on a great hunt! That's a big cat!

CW
CW

1890-1990, four mountain lion attacks on humans; 1990, passage of AB117, giving mountain lions a protected status, prohibited to hunt; 1991-2007, eleven mountain lion attacks on humans. Wildlife management by "popular" vote is not management, but the personification of a WILD animal. It's cute, it's fluffy, it's "PRETTY KITTY", watch "When Animals Attack", and then you will know it's not cute and fuzzy but a potentially dangerous WILD animal. Hunting is a wildlife management tool. Wildlife managers actually go to school to manage wildlife, using SCIENCE; carrying capacity, predator/prey ratios, territory studies, cover/habitat, you know real science. Biology by popular vote in the case of the mountian lion endangers people, pets, and other animals. Look at the big horn sheep population and the predation of mountian lions o...n them.Commissioner Richards was hunting out of state LEGALLY, again for the people that can't read, he was hunting LEGALLY. I was in favor of the Humane Society joining the Cal-Tip Program, because the premise of both agencies is the same on the fringe, to protect wildlife from poachers, but to see HSUS Jennifer Fearing and Wayne Parcelles both say they were not anti-hunting yet the HSUS website is 100% anti-hunting. Lookup Fearings press reports, even her Twitter account, and you can see for yourself. DFG needs to put pressure onthe CAL-TIP board to get rid of any anti-hunting voices since they do not represent the consumptive use public.In looking at the HSUS, they are attmepting to infiltrate the DFG Commission to unseat those that hunt to end hunting. The "PRESERVATIONIST" are attacking, the true "CONSERVATIONIST".The Pittman-Robertson Act money spent by hunters/fishermen/ campers fund open space, without them your open space will become malls.

Fugazyone
Fugazyone

He's got a lot of nerve. Did he resign after screwing his friend and campaign managers wife. He's a jerk and doesn't deserve the publics trust.

Mikell Millar
Mikell Millar

I am a resident and voter and am completely disgusted by his actions and photographs.  If he does not agree with the California law then he should move to Idaho, he should resign or be fired anyone that shoots animals for fun in this day and age is not someone I want in any elected position.

.308
.308

So all the DFG cops who hunt should be fired too? I realize they aren't elected, but close enough right?

I think avid hunters and fisherman who care about our outdoors and game animals (non game ones too) should be the only ones allowed to work at DFG. I'm a resident and I vote too, so my opinion should be equal to yours right? Or because I'm not liberal and I hunt, I'm the antichrist with a bloodlust for all things fluffy?

Jencope02
Jencope02

Haha, thank you. Your ignorance makes me laugh. 

I suppose you think all your packaged grocery meats are ethically prepared. So because it is 2012 we are suppose to bend over and take packaged and processed foods? My freezer is full of meat I personally and humanly killed, cleaned and butchered. 

Fastfreddy57
Fastfreddy57

boohoo, he killed a poor little mountain lion, it is issues like this that make California the laughing stock of the nation, a recent survey revealed that California is the least desirable state in the union, it is the a hole of the nation.

jen510
jen510

A)    A) It was a legal hunt. What happens in Idaho staysin Idaho.

B)     B) Mt Lions are over populated – what happens whena predator species is over populated? Not rocket science, but just in case…Your herd animal numbers drop drastically – herd numbers drops, predatornumbers drop (also more likely for grass and forest fires since less foliage isbeing consumed), herd numbers increase drastically causing and deficient infood supply – causing famine and diseases and the herds die off again…. Continuethe cycle long enough and there will be NOTHING!

C)     C) Bottom Line: People choose NOT to educate themselveson the issue of hunting and fishing. Rather, they have watched Bambi too manytimes and believe that is what happens. I ask those that are call themselvesanti-hunting and support organizations like PETA…What have you done? What haveyou done to help wildlife? Let me tell you what my fellow hunters/fishers and Ido for wildlife. We spend our money that goes to rebuilding and improvinghabitat, it goes to fund out state fish and game. Our F&G that tracks downand prosecutes poachers (do NOT confuse hunters and poachers – they are not thesame, educate yourself). As hunters/fishers we spend our off weekendsvolunteering with conservation projects, have you heard of the wood duck? We wouldn’thave wood ducks today if it wasn’t for conservation projects started by sportsmen.Hunting and fishing are essential for maintaining and growing healthy wildlifepopulations. Hunters/fishers are the reason we have national parks.Hunters/fishers are the reason we have the wildlife we do today (basic carrycapacity – if you missed that lesson in environmental science, please look itup).  Hunters/fishers are the reason ourrivers flow and our forests still stand. PETA doesn’t do that.  I understand the compassion people feel foranimals, I myself work with a few local animal rescue organizations. Every huntI have the chance to go on, whether I am fortunate enough to take an animal ornot, I am thankful for the opportunity. We are not blood thirsty people runningaround the woods with guns and bows. For the sportsman, getting out, watchingthe sunrise, hearing an elk in the distance, that is a part of us, our souls.We are not giving that up without a fight. We have fought before and we willfight again.  Before you say what you “thinkis best and/or right”, stop and think, are you willing to let our wildlife andwilderness die off, because without hunters and fishers, that’s what willhappen.

D)    D) I SUPPORT DAN RICHARDS! 

ISUPPORTTHECOUGAR
ISUPPORTTHECOUGAR

A) The real question is SHOULD it be legal to hunt a shrinking cougar population, not whether Dan Richards is guilty or not.B)  Who determined that cougars are "overpopulated"? You? Some state department?  Cougar populations should be naturally limited by the food supply available to them.C)  Fish and Game Departments are corrupt and inefficient, did you even read the article?  I just checked my environmental science book and it turns out that wild creatures maintained themselves eons before any US Fish and Game Department was ever created!  How about we set aside land where there is no hunting or fishing allowed of any specie?  It wouldn't need to be "monitored" or "saved" by the state because the natural food web of predators and prey would do that by itself.  D)  Who would win in a fight: a cougar, or Dan Richards without a 40 caliber rifle? 

Scott Solar
Scott Solar

cougar populations are EXPANDING. 

Not shrinking. Your statement is false.

jen510
jen510

I'm pretty sure, EONS ago, wildlife didn't have to compete for their natural habitat with humans. So, when you figure out how to remove ALL human "civilization" and allow the world to go back to the way it was EONS ago... we will go right ahead and let the animals maintain themselves they way they once did. 

When we are back living off the land and wearing elk hide for clothing - I'm damn sure, that we will still be controlling the number of cougars. We'll feed them the weak first. 

Ksberry209
Ksberry209

This guy is using the office for his own personal agenda.  That should be the issue here.  He even admits it in the article.  With some of your points of view no wonder other states think CA is full of dumb hippies.  NO laws were broken.  What if this animal was responsible for killing ranchers animals.  It is leagal to kill these animals in CA when they become a pest...agree or disagree your call but who are you to tell anyone what they can or cannot do when they do it leagally.  I carry a gun for protection and I have a permit to do so.  I some hippie areas of CA people want to ban handguns.  They also want to tell people what they can and cannot do to their children.  Wake up and shuut the F up!  Live your life like you want to and dont tell others how they should.

Ksberry209
Ksberry209

opps too much wine and I cant spell................guess this state is full of dumb hippies (me included)...legally

Jyoung
Jyoung

I'm still curious how a man who had an affair with another married woman can call out another as tow hether he  "can live up to the calling of his office". 

This is purely political and nothing more.  Hopefully, people will see it for what it is and keep their eye on the ball.

Jyoung
Jyoung

Unemployment above the national average, forclosures above the national average, a state in a budget crisis, the environment being polluted at unbeleivable levels, our public lands being raided by large landowners, poacher and illegal pot grows and this is what we focus on?

I do not agree with trophy hunting, but to seriously be this upset by this is a little disturbing.  We have much bigger issues to focus our attention on. 

@Marcy, there is a very large economy surrounding guided hunting.  In fact with the reintroduction of wolves in Idaho and Montana, and stricter limits on mountain lion hunting many outfitters have gone out of business in the last 10 years.  There is a very real economy that is affected by hunting or the lack thereof.

Imontome
Imontome

Seriously? This is not hunting. Going to a "ranch" where animals are basically confined, using dogs to chase'em up a tree so you can walk up and shoot doesn't require any real ability. 

That's shooting fish in a barrel.

Hunting is when an animal has a chance to escape or kill you.  The people that I know who hunt eat what they kill.  They don't live in California.

I seriously doubt that this guy plans to do anything except spread this animal's pelt on the floor of his study which is adorned with all the other animals he's "hunted".

This behavior is bizarre for someone who is supposed to be a conservationist - I guess only Big  Horn Sheep and Trout get that consideration.  The impact of human beings on animal life is already creating problems for so many species.  These hunting ranches and the people who go to them are part of that problem.

It's a mindset that doesn't belong in his job.

Scott Solar
Scott Solar

There is no doubt Dan's hunt was fair chase. I am wiling to bet Dan covered hundreds of square miles to locate his quarry. Hunting cougar is a very labor intensive endeavor. There is nothing simple about it. It requires real skill and determination to be successful.

Juni0r1
Juni0r1

Oh, and you can hunt Big Horn Sheep in California and take Trout. Get your facts straight before spreadig lies.

Juni0r1
Juni0r1

Look up the definition of Conservation, I believe the term you are looking for is preservation. It's legal, get over it.

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