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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dan Richards, Fish and Game Chief, Wants Everyone to Shut Up About His Cougar Killing

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Do you really think he cares what you say about him? Really?
  • Do you really think he cares what you say about him? Really?

For those animal activists and unforgiving Democrats who love to hate Dan Richards, the state's Fish and Game commissioner being blasted for killing a mountain lion in Idaho, well, he's just given you even more reason to throw darts at this photo to the right.

Let's just say Richards doesn't care if you hate him for traveling two states over to hunt down a cougar for dinner. And despite the fact that dozens of Democrats, including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, are asking the happy hunter to resign from his post, Richards has fired right back, telling those lawmakers there's not a chance in hell he's dumping his position as president of the commission over a cat.

Richards, a Republican who was appointed to his position by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, penned a scathing and unapologetic letter to his critics, which was posted on the Sierra Club website last night, giving his two cents on the controversial killing. Richards came under fire last week after this photo went viral, showing him grinning next to his prize. Richards traveled to Idaho to kill the cougar because it's legal there, as opposed to his home state, where California voters have explicitly outlawed it.

"Do you really think a California commissioner is actually obligated to

follow California laws across these United States? Really?" Richards writes.

He carries on for three more pages:

Did I try to change California's laws subversively? Did I encourage anyone to circumvent our rules and regulations? While I respect our Fish and Game rules and regulations, my 100 percent legal activity outside California, or anyone else's for that matter, is none of your business.

And so we're perfectly clear, this hunt was not a high fence hunt, we didn't use 4 wheel drive trucks, snow machines, or ATVs to chase the cat, I did not use a high powered rifle with a scope at 300 yards and we did dine on mountain lion for dinner, all contrary to so many erroneous reports.

He ended his letter with one final shot at lawmakers: "In the meantime, I will continue to hunt and fish wherever I please."

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Erin Sherbert

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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