February 23, 2012
CA Game Commission Pres. Catches Heat For Idaho Mountain Lion Hunt
By Chad Love
The president of the California Fish and Game Commission, where it's been illegal to hunt lions since 1990, recently traveled to Idaho for a mountain lion hunt, where it's been legal to hunt lions since forever. Said president of California Fish and Game Commission had a successful hunt, and shot a nice lion. In response, California-based wingnuts go apoplectic...
From this story in the San Jose Mercury News:
One of California's top wildlife officials found himself in the political line of fire Friday, after a photo surfaced showing him holding a dead mountain lion he killed in what appeared to be a recent big game hunt. Daniel W. Richards, president of the California Fish and Game Commission, shot the lion in Northern Idaho.
The photo was posted on the website of Western Outdoor News, a hunting and fishing publication. Mountain lion hunting has been illegal in California since 1990, when voters passed Proposition 117. Within hours of the photo appearing, callers deluged the state Fish and Game Commission office, and the Humane Society of the United States urged Richards to step down.
"It's not illegal. But he's thumbed his nose at the people of California," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society. "He's supposed to be representing the interests of all California citizens. It seems like such a tone-deaf action. What part of 'no' doesn't he understand?
I'd like to ask Wayne Pacelle to point out what, exactly, he means by "what part of 'no' doesn't he understand?" No what? No, you shouldn't be able to travel to another state to engage in a perfectly legal and socially-accepted activity? I know that California has a political climate that sometimes seems hostile to sportsmen, but it's not that bad yet, is it? Tone-deaf? If I were a California resident Danial Richards would be representing my interests with perfect pitch.
What say you, Golden State hunters?