Dan Richards, Fish and Game Chief, Might Get Canned After Shooting Cougar

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Move to Idaho. Please.
Yesterday Dan Richards, the embattled cougar-killer, fired off a letter to California lawmakers bluntly informing them that he will kill mountain lions where and when he pleases -- and it's none of their business.

But actually, it is their business.

As the Chron reports this morning, Democrats are plotting to oust Richards from his post as president of the California Fish and Game Commission after he recently traveled to Idaho to gun down a mountain lion for dinner. The happy hunter has defended his hobby, saying he has every right to kill cats in Idaho, where the sport is perfectly legal.

Sure, he's no criminal, but lawmakers here don't want their fish and game guru to be killing mountain lions, which is illegal in California, any more than they would like their drug czar to travel to Amsterdam and light up a joint.  


So now the question all you angry animal activists are wondering: What will it take to get rid of Richards, a Republican who was appointed to the commission by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger? As the Chron explains, a majority of lawmakers in both houses would have to vote in support of his removal, and considering both Democrats and enough Republicans have called for his resignation, sealing that deal won't be too difficult.

But Richards, proving that he's not just a hunter, but a fighter, is not giving up. 

"Do you really think a California commissioner is actually obligated to follow California laws across these United States? Really?" Richards wrote to the Legislature.

Yes, Richards, we do.

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Steve Baddog Ross1
Steve Baddog Ross1

Looks like you liberal California Nimrod Trendoids lost this battle.  Leave this honorable man alone as he is respected amongst Sportsmen and has broken no laws.  Sheep such as Toni Atkins and Marty Block in my Districts showed that following mislead Ben Hueso into the Tree Huggers forest can be hazardous to your political career.

mychelle
mychelle

 "Sportsmen?"  What a crock!    Please show me exactly where the "sport" is in having not one but two guides with a pack of hounds chase and tree a tired mountain lion so you can walk up and shoot it with a high-powered rifle??     What is he going to do with it?  Did he eat the whole mountain lion, poor starving bureaucrat that he is?  Is he going to make himself a lion loincloth?  Is he going to stuff it and park it in his foyer to impress dates?  Did killing this beautiful animal make him feel more virile, make his penis grow larger?   Remember how he did it . . . it's not as if it were a fair fight and the animal also had a rifle, or they duked it out in hand to paw combat.  He had a paid lackey find it, had dogs chase it, and then cornered up a tree, he shot at it.  You know guys and gals, there's an app for that - it's called Sildenifil, aka Viagra. 

 Richards is the kind of guy who gives hunters a bad name.  For him to also be the head of an state commission that makes life and death decisions about a large state's wildlife issues is equally dubious.   Most state wildlife commissions are stocked (no pun intended) with these so called sportsmen who consider themselves first and foremost consumers of wildlife instead of stewards of a balanced ecology for a public where the majority has a vested interest either enjoying wildlife viewing or just enjoying and appreciating it alive and well in the wild as part of our rich, though under assault, biological heritage.  They have the reputation of, and have been known to do anything to justify inflating numbers of animals that can be killed by themselves and their buddies just so they can keep licenses up and money in the coffers to promote more of the same.  Nature is nothing more than a carnival shooting gallery for their pleasure.  Far too many will do anything to protect unhealthy numbers of targets instead of evenly balanced ecosystems and every predator of "game" animals is seen as a competitor for that trophy that will make them look like a more handsome specimen themselves.   Richards showed poor judgment, arrogance, and proves himself to be just another lazyass yahoo with a fancy fire stick. He didn't stalk it himself, he probably didn't even have to carry his own ammo, much less the poor creature, and he stayed in a nice cozy cabin, all 14,000 sq feet of it, and didn't have to do without his jacuzzi, wi-fi, or cocktail, thank goodness! 

What kind of management philosophy does he bring to his office?  He, or anyone with this kind of lack of ethics and values?   There needs to be more balance in America's ecosystem management and men whose salaries we pay for this, (or women if you can find them allowed into this good ol' boys realm)  and who consider themselves "sporting" ought to have more balance in their outlook, certainly more sense than this guy.  And I speak as a biologist . . .  a liberal, bleeding heart, commie pinko, eco-terror-limp wrist, whatever stupid names float your flaccid boat, biologist!  I just hope this clown is hounded up his own tree, blasted out of his job, and stuffed by the media.  Then the majestic beast he slew will have had at least some poetic justice.  

Maria Elena Gonzalez
Maria Elena Gonzalez

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?????

Scott
Scott

I see people commenting that Richards accepted a free gift and he should be fired.  Was it a "free gift" when Lt. Governor Newsom was banging his campaign manager's wife during his re-election campaign in San Francisco?  I guess that action had no "moral" or "ethic" value to it, yet he acts like Jesus Christ going after Richards.

Willfrose
Willfrose

Hunting is a recognized tradition and legal sport. It may not be mine, but hunting and culling is a necessary balance. For a hunter to even see a mountain lion indicates something is out of balance. California and the wild pig population is a perfect example of maybe too much regulation in California. So Gavin, you should resign for wasting the taxpayer time with non-sense.

Hillbilly from Idaho
Hillbilly from Idaho

If california doesnt want you then just come on back to Idaho. perhaps you could do something about moving all these wolves to California where they will be loved instead of shot

Prissykitty
Prissykitty

That's pretty good... actually I'd like send him to Mars, though!

Prissykitty
Prissykitty

LETTER TO CFGC, AS THEY GATHER TOMORROW (ALSO SENT TO GOV, MR HUFFMAN, MR GAVIN AND NUMEROUS MEDIA OUTLETS)To whom it may concern: I am attaching a list of over 1500 signatures and comments regarding the unethical position of Mr. Richards as President Commissioner. I am also forwarding this to all members of the commission, the news media, the Governor of California and other representatives such as Lt. Governor Newson, and as many parties I may involve. We would like Mr. Richards to resign, as a gentleman. This is a position not for him, so after all the criticism, it would be the honorable thing to do. If not, we will pursue Mr. Richards termination. Best regards

909Jeff
909Jeff

Uh oh.... Ooops like i said before... It reeks of impropriety. And wouldn't you know it!

Already under fire for shooting a mountain lion, the president of California's Fish and Game Commission has been hit with another setback: a formal ethics complaint alleging he violated state law. The complaint, filed with the California Fair Political Practices Commission, accuses Upland resident and big game hunter Dan Richards of accepting a gift valued at $6,800 from the Flying B Ranch in northern Idaho when the ranch allowed him to shoot a mountain lion on its property in January without paying the full fee charged to other guests who go on guided lion hunts. Richards is a co-managing partner of Rancho Cucamonga-based Colonies Partners LP. The firm is the subject of an ongoing public corruption investigation in which four have been indicted. Richards has not been charged with any crimes.

Erschuur
Erschuur

The guys didn't do anything wrong!  Maybe he's a little tone deaf, but do we dump everyone who does something legal that's illegal in CA?  Get over it!

Adam Schwartz
Adam Schwartz

Someone who doesn't believe in the tenets of the laws he's enforcing cannot and will not do a good job.  He will be secretly on the side of those interest groups that want the law overthrown or unenforced.  He will be easily open to bribery and looking the other way.  Dan Richard should be fired pronto.

Tinman83
Tinman83

 Do you even know what the Fish and Game commission does?

Gretchenlieff
Gretchenlieff

This is a picture of a demented sadist. He has shot and killed one of the last remaining brave and wonderful mountain lions in Northern California. Danny Boy tracked and stalked this starving desperate creature and shot him at point blank range. And then he treated his constituents to the pleasure of this horrific picture where he actually is sneering and gleeful clutching the pathetic carcass of what was once a vital and magnificent creature to his chest.I am sleepless tonight with disgust. I feel devastated that the people we elect to protect our most special of creatures .... delight in their torture and death.

Meatsack
Meatsack

Idaho is not part of California.

There are plenty of Mountain lions in the western USA.

The guy has no "constituents" as he is appointed.

Millions of animals die every day from various causes.

OldNorseBruin
OldNorseBruin

Mr. DICKS doesn't realize that CALIFORNIA is the GOLD & B-L-U-E state; Mr. DICKS needs to get out more often instead of hiding out all of the time in the (G)ay (O)le (P)arty's DARKEST CLOSET. What he was really hunting for in IDAHO was his CLOSET BOYFRIEND SENATOR Larry "BATHROOM B-O-Y" CRAIG...

OldNorseBruin
OldNorseBruin

A perfectly plastered BLAST from a beautiful REMINGTON 870 SUPER MAGNUM 12 GAUGE on this FATASS' FATassFace would make a wonderful picture!!! Goodnight MR.DICKS!!!

2brightheadlights
2brightheadlights

Did you know that you are just like Dan Richards!  Preaching your disgust for him makes you no better than him? The only difference is he dreams of killing mountain lions and you all (haters) dream of killing your fellow man. YOU are conspiring to commit murder on a human, good hunting you man hunters.  

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TallLoving.Com

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2brightheadlights
2brightheadlights

 Nice SHOT Daniel Richards! Californians voted on gay marriage and look what happen to that. I would vote yes for gay marriage as long as gays would vote "yes" to kill mountains lions.  We should have never sent the killing of mountains to a state vote! Fish and game should make the call to kill or protect the large cats, not the liberals of California. Furthermore, what are the benefits of having 15000, 20000 or more large cats roaming the California Mountains? If they kill all the deer, what will they eat? Keep driving around in your precious’s car that was created from strip mining the land for its iron. Keep on living in your precious house that was built from clear cutting forest. Keep banging away on your computer keys that come from the bowels of the earth in the form of crude oil. Keep on using your spineless form of blog communication to the world of people you hate so much. Keep on living a life where you hatred is fueled by ignorance and hypocrisies. Lead by example and make the sacrifice you hold so dear, burn down your house, and let your car rust back to nature and kill your most prize possession, your electronic devices. When you grow a spine and make that sacrifice!  Walk to the mountains in search of your cave and live the pipe dream you so dearly seek for all of humanity. I will do the same, so I can protect you from the all things that go bump in the night. So get the fire started. God bless America and all that make the U.S.A. so great.

2brightheadlights
2brightheadlights

 Nice SHOT Daniel Richards! Californians voted on gay marriage and look what happen to that. I would vote yes for gay marriage as long as gays would vote "yes" to kill mountains lions.  We should have never sent the killing of mountains to a state vote! Fish and game should make the call to kill or protect the large cats, not the liberals of California. Furthermore, what are the benefits of having 15000, 20000 or more large cats roaming the California Mountains? If they kill all the deer, what will they eat? Keep driving around in your precious’s car that was created from strip mining the land for its iron. Keep on living in your precious house that was built from clear cutting forest. Keep banging away on your computer keys that come from the bowels of the earth in the form of crude oil. Keep on using your spineless form of blog communication to the world of people you hate so much. Keep on living a life where you hatred is fueled by ignorance and hypocrisies. Lead by example and make the sacrifice you hold so dear, burn down your house, and let your car rust back to nature and kill your most prize possession, your electronic devices. When you grow a spine and make that sacrifice!  Walk to the mountains in search of your cave and live the pipe dream you so dearly seek for all of humanity. I will do the same, so I can protect you from the all things that go bump in the night. So get the fire started. God bless America and all that make the U.S.A. so great.

L. Gene Gilliland
L. Gene Gilliland

I agree 100% with Dan Richards.  It is not the business of any legislature to judge Richards on what he is doing in another state if he is engaged in legal activity.  If the Assembly and the Senate members don't have anything better to do than criticize Mr. Richards for his hunting then they should get the hell out of Sacramento. L. Gene Gilliland

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

Your Amsterdam analogy is perfect, and spot on. 

Let's also not forget something about accepting an expensive hunting trip as a gift.

Marie6987
Marie6987

Don't people in California have anything else to worry about?  Leave the guy alone and mind your own business he didnt do anything wrong. 

Rottenowlsheep
Rottenowlsheep

Democrats won't win any elections fighting this one. Pick your battles people. This is not it right now.

2brightheadlights
2brightheadlights

 Nice SHOT Daniel Richards! Californians voted on gay marriage and look what happen to that. I would vote yes for gay marriage as long as gays would vote "yes" to kill mountains lions.  We should have never sent the killing of mountains to a state vote! Fish and game should make the call to kill or protect the large cats, not the liberals of California. Furthermore, what are the benefits of having 15000, 20000 or more large cats roaming the California Mountains? If they kill all the deer, what will they eat? Keep driving around in your precious’s car that was created from strip mining the land for its iron. Keep on living in your precious house that was built from clear cutting forest. Keep banging away on your computer keys that come from the bowels of the earth in the form of crude oil. Keep on using your spineless form of blog communication to the world of people you hate so much. Keep on living a life where you hatred is fueled by ignorance and hypocrisies. Lead by example and make the sacrifice you hold so dear, burn down your house, and let your car rust back to nature and kill your most prize possession, your electronic devices. When you grow a spine and make that sacrifice!  Walk to the mountains in search of your cave and live the pipe dream you so dearly seek for all of humanity. I will do the same, so I can protect you from the all things that go bump in the night. So get the fire started. God bless America and all that make the U.S.A. so great.

2brightheadlights
2brightheadlights

 Nice SHOT Daniel Richards! Californians voted on gay marriage and look what happen to that. I would vote yes for gay marriage as long as gays would vote "yes" to kill mountains lions.  We should have never sent the killing of mountains to a state vote! Fish and game should make the call to kill or protect the large cats, not the liberals of California. Furthermore, what are the benefits of having 15000, 20000 or more large cats roaming the California Mountains? If they kill all the deer, what will they eat? Keep driving around in your precious’s car that was created from strip mining the land for its iron. Keep on living in your precious house that was built from clear cutting forest. Keep banging away on your computer keys that come from the bowels of the earth in the form of crude oil. Keep on using your spineless form of blog communication to the world of people you hate so much. Keep on living a life where you hatred is fueled by ignorance and hypocrisies. Lead by example and make the sacrifice you hold so dear, burn down your house, and let your car rust back to nature and kill your most prize possession, your electronic devices. When you grow a spine and make that sacrifice!  Walk to the mountains in search of your cave and live the pipe dream you so dearly seek for all of humanity. I will do the same, so I can protect you from the all things that go bump in the night. So get the fire started. God bless America and all that make the U.S.A. so great.

2brightheadlights
2brightheadlights

 Nice SHOT Daniel Richards! Californians voted on gay marriage and look what happen to that. I would vote yes for gay marriage as long as gays would vote "yes" to kill mountains lions.  We should have never sent the killing of mountains to a state vote! Fish and game should make the call to kill or protect the large cats, not the liberals of California. Furthermore, what are the benefits of having 15000, 20000 or more large cats roaming the California Mountains? If they kill all the deer, what will they eat? Keep driving around in your precious’s car that was created from strip mining the land for its iron. Keep on living in your precious house that was built from clear cutting forest. Keep banging away on your computer keys that come from the bowels of the earth in the form of crude oil. Keep on using your spineless form of blog communication to the world of people you hate so much. Keep on living a life where you hatred is fueled by ignorance and hypocrisies. Lead by example and make the sacrifice you hold so dear, burn down your house, and let your car rust back to nature and kill your most prize possession, your electronic devices. When you grow a spine and make that sacrifice!  Walk to the mountains in search of your cave and live the pipe dream you so dearly seek for all of humanity. I will do the same, so I can protect you from the all things that go bump in the night. So get the fire started. God bless America and all that make the U.S.A. so great.

Miss_Saralee
Miss_Saralee

A life for a life! Dan you killed an innocent mountain lion simply for the fun of it all now i hope someone in California walks up to you on ur way to work and shoots you in the head!You deserve nothing less!!!!!

Scott
Scott

you are an ass!!

Greg
Greg

The law breakers here are the "lawmakers" who are not upholding their Constituional obligations to uphold the Constitution!  They have no right to say what he can or cannot do in another state.  This is politcal correctness taking precedence over the Constitution!  I say, Dan, stay strong!  These folks have gone whacko!

gnw
gnw

What is his salary - let's start there to helput the budget

Scott
Scott

Man I hope you are referring to Lt. Governor Newsom's salary.  You know, the guy spearheading his personal agenda against Richards at the cost of the California taxpayer. I Would think Newsom would have better thing to be doing then using his personal agenda to attack Richards...or maybe he just cannot find someone elses wife to be bang lately.  People like you talk about this being such an ethical issue.  I think the governor needs to rein in the Lt Governor. 

Pcb
Pcb

Richards needs to have California's values and believe in them no matter where he travels.

I really hate to use this example but it sends a message: if he were to be in a position to enforce child porn laws would he then travel to a country that child porn is not Illegal and participate in child porn? Then justify his behavior by saying its not Illegal there?

We need someone in that position that believes and supports California values

Scott
Scott

We are not talking about another country.  We are talking about another state.  You need a better example.  Maybe anyone who gambles in a state where it is legal should not hold a position in a non gambling state.  Makes as much sense now doesn't it?

Meatsack
Meatsack

 California values?

Amazing. I'm guessing that you voted no on prop 8, you know it passed right?

Drunner2
Drunner2

California values like Gavin Newsom? Who cheated not only on his wife, but with his deputy chief of staff's (then campaign manager) wife? Or how about the values of Bell, CA, where elected officials rigged elections and scammed taxpayers out of millions of dollars? Oh, how about San Bernardino officials who're caught bribing members of the board of supervisors. No, wait, what count as news here is that some guy from California shot an animal in a different state — that is what Californians need to worry about. If they don't take a stand on people hunting in different states, especially their own citizens, how can they expect to maintain the perfect utopia that is California? 

I'm sorry, but your own elected officials do not believe or support California values because California has no values. Get over the dead cat, find something productive to do. 

Scott
Scott

Lets not forget our beloved last Governor who fathered a child and kept it a secret for a long time.  More ethics.

Linnhowarddunaway
Linnhowarddunaway

He is practically daring the leislature to fire him; they should seize the opportunity and do that.

Gnawat05
Gnawat05

This whole story is just retarted.  Yes hunting mountian lions in California is outlawed.  Hunting Mountian lions in Idaho apparently isn't.  I'm an advid hunter.  I'm not a tropy hunter.  I think what he does leaglly is his buisness.  Now being the man in the position that he is in, as proud of the moment it was for him, maybe excersising a little common sense and not publically showing what he did.  Call it being sensitive to the public eye, maybe a little perfessional curtosey.  But by the way in case anyone is curious, step off an improved road in California hell even at the base of any mountian range..  You will find those unmistakable cat tracts quickly.  Here's another fun fact:  a grown mountian lion will kill 4 deer in a one week period, just for the sport, not becuase they are hungry?

AnimalKillersNeedToDie
AnimalKillersNeedToDie

My GOD. Did you miss ALL 12 years of English classes when you were in school? Or didn't you make it past the 2nd grade? Most hunters don't, so.... Your spelling and grammar are atrocious.

Scott
Scott

I think he got his point across well even with the mispelled words. You, just by your title, show your immaturity.  So all you can do is attack his spelling.  No statement other than "Most hunters don't" related to passing school.  Your point, if that is what you were trying to accomplish, made no sense at all.

Candaceneff
Candaceneff

This man is disgusting and on no way deserves that position with Fish and Game...get him out!!

Prissykitty
Prissykitty

an avid hunter as president of Wildlife Commission in California has upset me so that I have created two petitions, please read, sign and spread PLZ: http://www.change.org/petition... and http://www.thepetitionsite.com... Hunters have their very own interests and should NOT be in the position to decide over wildlife, but someone who actually cares about it. We can't expect not to have ignorant Elmo Fudds blabbering and getting off at killing something that is beautiful and pure and BETTER (in every way) than they are, but I suspect if they don't kill each other ( they should all go huntin' with Cheney, don't forget to take our super intelligent Palin with ya, maybe you can all shoot each other!), they'll just die off...or hopefully, like many, they'll just pull the trigger on themselves! I won't even bother to discuss with the hicks, so you can explode in anger here, just to make a fool out of your helpless selves...but he's going down, down, down!

Toddhaynes
Toddhaynes

PETA kills 72-95% of animals received Dan kills 1 mountain lion does't hide it and they want his job is this America

Pearl
Pearl

Where did you come up with this statistic? Can you cite your sources, please?

Jack224
Jack224

 Pearl : Try to think openly for a moment . PETA does a remarkable job saving injured  animal.finding homes for lost animal  etc  however do you really believe they  can save ALL of them .  PETA  also has a budget they  have  live by.So if you ask a PETA Member how many they  can save .The truthful  response you get just might shock  you

jclark927
jclark927

"yes, Richards, we do"? that is absurd --- Do you have a problem with Jerry Brown opposing the death penalty (which is CA law via the initiative process)? What about Gay state employees who have gone out of state or country to get married --- shall we track them down and fire them over their disrespect for CA laws? We have bad laws all the time. People question them, we have some form of discourse and try to improve. Not managing this apex predator is a mistake that time will prove no matter what happens here. The lion hunt is a red herring intended to distract from the abuse of power by our ruling party. They want to tip the power of the commission before "The Hunger Games" comes out and a whole generation of young women take up hunting.

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