Skip to comments.Game official: cougar killing no one's business
Posted on 02/28/2012 10:53:32 PM PST by SmithL
California Fish and Game Commission President Daniel Richards said Tuesday that there is "zero chance" he will resign over a photograph showing him grinning as he holds up the body of a mountain lion he shot, killed and ate in Idaho recently.
In a letter addressed to Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, one of dozens of public officials who called for Richards' resignation in recent days, Richards blasted lawmakers and others for their criticism of his hunting expedition and mocked their condemnation of the kill.
Richards wrote that he did eat a cougar for dinner, did not use a high-powered rifle and said he has "consistently supported" conservation efforts as a commissioner when they were backed by scientific evidence. He compared his actions to a California official gambling in Nevada.
While it's legal to kill the big cats in Idaho, California has banned the hunting of mountain lions since 1972, and voters have twice renewed that restriction. After the photo surfaced online this week, at least 40 lawmakers and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom called for his resignation.
Newsom, in a letter, said the "actions call into question whether you can live up to the calling of your office," and "do not reflect the values of the people of California."
Richards was unapologetic.
"Do you really think a California commissioner is actually obligated to follow California laws across these United States? Really?" Richards wrote on Fish and Game letterhead in a two-page correspondence he also sent to the entire Legislature, the governor, the California secretary of Natural Resources, and members of the Fish and Game Commission.
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Excellent....because I have been leaning that way for months.
You have mental problems, get help. No one cares what you think. And no one has elected you to represent them. Take your little personal attacks and stick them.
They mauled and killed a few people while I lived there.
Mountain lions are not endangered in CA. And in some states, it is not just sport to take them. They will take your dogs, your cattle, your sheep.....your kid.
But I will take them for sport myself, if given the chance. Just as I hunt bobcat here in OK.
I've some disgust by what happened before me too....but it doesn't mean I turn a blind eye to what is going on now.
Thanks for the response.
I quite often go with my gutt, and more often than not, it’s okay. It isn’t always.
Here it was probably unfair for me to take this guy to task. If he did have permits and did it legally, it’s more like a Leftist frame of mind to take him to task.
I’ve become somewhat jaded by all the enviro nonsense so much so that I don’t really have a lot of respect for folks who are in any way related to fish, game, land management et al.
I don’t actually have a problem with taking that cat. If it’s legally taken, it isn’t just tossed out, I don’t have a real problem with it.
If the guy didn’t have permits, I’m reinstating my objection to him.
We are much the same.
Thanks for the nice response. I don’t like other decent folks thinking I’m a numb-skull more often than they need to, so I appreciate it. :^)
It's always been a pleasure to read your posts....Even when I get a bit side-ways with them. Ha!!
Thanks Osage Orange. I find myself trying to cut down on the whole getting sideways thing.
I’ve enjoyed talking with you.
Please yak at me anytime....
Oh I probably will you poor thing. LOL
Poor, I am not.....
Many of his fellow Californians would consider it a sacrilege to kill a big cat and would count it an honor to be eaten by one. You can't fix stupid...
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Dang it, I hate when that happens.
I wonder if it was Osage Orange taking me to task for the inclusion of ‘poor’ in my response...
I find triple posting to be a great cure for boredom.
I've read that the State of California has hired professionals to shoot nuisance cats. Considering their economy, they would have been better off raffling an opportunity to buy a tag. Then they could charge some poor schmuck twice for a chance to shoot one.
The problem is, the leadership of the State of California had a choice.
Why get paid for something, when you can pay for it?
This is sort of an honor thing for Democrats.
“I bet you have never been there, I have/?//”
No offense but you don’t sound like you have ever been hunting.
both a dying rabbit call and a fawn in distress call will bring a moubtain lion right in your lap
dying rabbit call is less than $10
The lion was tracked down and killed....and then someone discovered the lion had a litter of small lions.
Some people took up a charity for the woman...and her family. And some folks took up a charity for the baby puma's.....Guess which charity raised more money?
Big black bears can be called in too with a predator call. So can wild hogs...And you can take them at 10-30 yds...with a bow.
What were you shooting when you missed out on that "coyote" at 400 yds because the wind shifted for a "second"?
Yeah, I don’t think that eating predators is advisable.
They do take the sickest and weakest animals after all and tend to concentrate any toxins in the local food-chain in their flesh.
If I was starving maybe, but yuck...
With the federalization of everything these days, many people no longer have the concepts of 'states rights' and 'state sovereignty'. They don't know what it is but they know they are agin it.
The last cougar I ate drove off in a Mercedez. I dont shoot like I used to.....
Blind hog finds acorn, happens now and then. Had a fox come to a deer call once. Approx 23,500 hunters approx 750 kills, less than 1% by call, you do the math, you will probably win the lottery first.
You really don’t know a damn thing, do you?
Well then, that was one of the stupidest comments Ive read today. But the day is young, I still have time to read more of your comments. LOLorg.whodat is proof positive that freerepublic needs an "ignore" function with a number-of-ignores limit that deletes the user if a [number] threshold is reached.
So you run out of fingers and toes and cannot count past twenty, should have known. Now reread the part of your agreement here. The one that says no personal attacks. And remember no one kicked your cage.
Run and cry to whomever you like, you’re making yourself up as you go along, and you’re not very good at it.