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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Dan Richards, Happy Cougar-Hunter, Gets Fired From His Post as Fish and Game Chief

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 3:20 PM

  • Fired!

Dan Richards, the notorious bureaucrat who gunned down a mountain lion on his hunting trip to Idaho earlier this year, has been canned from his job as president of the California Fish and Game Commission.

His colleagues reportedly voted in favor of removing the unpopular Richards as president of the board. However, Richards says he will remain on the commission until his seat is up in six months, according to news reports. Richards has defended a photo that circulated on the Internet; the photo shows him posing with the body of a massive cat he had killed during a hunting spree in Idaho earlier this year. Although he didn't do anything illegal, because killing mountain lions is okay in Idaho, his trigger-happy ways didn't sit well with residents of the Golden State, where it is illegal to hunt cougars.

In fact, animal-lovers and regular people across the state called on Richards to resign, saying he shouldn't be allowed (or trusted) to enforce laws to protect cougars if he's going to take weekend trips to hunt them elsewhere.

Petitions were circulated, and a slew of state politicians, including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, asked Richards to resign. Richards fired back, saying there wasn't a chance he'd step down from his post. In fact, he wasn't sorry at all, telling lawmakers, "I will continue to hunt and fish wherever I please."

Not in California, he won't.

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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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