Sonia Horon, Global Animal
The California Fish and Game Commission, created in 1870, manages California’s wildlife, which is the complete opposite of what its chief executive is doing. Since it’s illegal to do so in California, Daniel Richards, the president of the Commission, paid $7,000 to hunt and shoot a mountain lion in Idaho. Richards used professional guides and hounds to stalk the cougar through the forest, chase him up into a tree and shoot him. He then posed for a heartwarming photo with the carcass. Western Outdoor News wrote, “Asked about California’s mountain lion moratorium, Richards didn’t hesitate. ‘I’m glad it’s legal in Idaho.’”
Ronald Reagan banned mountain lion hunting in 1970 and Californians have been strongly united on the issue ever since, continuing to slap down any tries at reverting the ban. “It’s not illegal (in Idaho). But he’s thumbed his nose at the people of California,” said Wayne Pacelle, the president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News.
“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?”
Wayne Pacelle also pointed out that unlike turkeys or deer, mountain lions are not used for food after they are shot. So the mountain lion was shot for the sake of Daniel Richards getting a trophy.
Daniel Richards has also made a deliberate effort to obstruct legislation regarding animal law protection. He has opposed the Marine Life Protection Act, which according to the California Department of Fish and Game, “directs the state to reevaluate and redesign California’s system of marine protected areas.”
This guy is wrong about how Californians want to manage wildlife. If you agree, please sign the HSUS petition asking for his immediate discharge.
You can also directly contact The Fish And Game Commission by calling (916) 653-4899.