Cat killer no good for California commission
Daniel Richards, president of the California Fish and Game Commission, is facing an onslaught of criticism after he was snapped showing off a dead mountain lion he shot in Idaho. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is the latest to demand his resignation.
The photograph, which was apparently included in the $7,000 fee Richards paid so that he could tree and shoot the puma, outraged conservationists and animal lovers around the state. Forty Democratic state Assembly members have called for his resignation.
Richards bagged his trophy in Idaho, where hunting mountain lion is legal, but Newsom pointed out that sport hunting of the big cats has been illegal in California since 1972, when Gov. Ronald Reagan signed legislation banning the sport. The ban was twice renewed by California voters.
“While not in California at the time, your actions call into question whether you can live up to the calling of your office,” Newsom wrote to Richards. “I do appreciate that you did nothing illegal in Idaho, but it is clear that your actions do not reflect the values of the people of California.”