Patch Poll: Should Wildlife Chief Get the Boot?

Dan Richards shot a cougar in Idaho and had his photo taken with his "trophy."


Following a week's worth of controversy over whether California's top wildlife official should resign for killing a mountain lion in Idaho, the San Jose Mercury News reports that the issue has broadened to a discussion of the environmental cultural shift in California. 

Last month, Dan Richards, president of the California Fish and Game Commission, shot a cougar in Idaho while on a pheasant hunting trip on a ranch in Idaho, where such a killing is legal.

Hunting mountain lions in California was outlawed 22 years ago. A photo of Richards holding the dead cat set off a storm of controversy.

According report, there is a steady decline in the traditional political power of California's hunters and fishermen, while environmentalists and animal rights groups are becoming more influential. 

Even as California's population has doubled since 1970, the number of people with hunting licenses has fallen by 65 percent.

Richards has not given interviews to mainstream media, but during an interview on a conservative radio talk show in Los Angeles, he said he didn't think the cougar killing would lead to such a public outcry. 

B March 08, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Has to shoot a lion and pose for a picture ... He's an Inadequate male. I know it and so does any other woman. However, it wasn't illegal. And our whole country is collapsing before our eyes; and this is what we're focusing on? If people were doing their jobs they wouldn't be focused on this.
1Diane March 08, 2012 at 09:34 AM
You've got that right, Jeff K. Just nuts!
Cheryl March 10, 2012 at 08:09 PM
It was perfectly legal, maybe he shouldn't have flaunted it in the news, but I think it is OK. What next, he can't fish either!!
Ryan March 12, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Steve is not an accurate representation of hunters William. Hunting becomes the scapegoat of situations a lot, just like any other topic which people are divided over.
John Q. Public July 21, 2012 at 06:08 AM
"And I'm even more upset when mountain lions are unnecessarily shot by over-reacting police officers around here"~The next time a hungry mountain lion saunters into your driveway while you fumble for your ignition key, we will remember how you wanted the police to take a 'hands off' approach and let you fend for yourself.


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