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Monday, May 07, 2012
Fish and Game president Dan Richards with his Idaho kill.
Yes Bob, It's All About the Mountain Lions
By Diana L.
"Here is the Sixty Four Thousand Dollar
Question, is this about the hunting of mountain lions? or the fact that Mr.
Richards doesn't give a s_it what you think?"
That's what conservative blogger Bob Bishop
wrote after reading my column about California Fish and Game president Dan
Richards needing to step down.
So let me
answer your question Bob. I am not confident that this leader will protect our
pumas, since we banned hunting them since 1972. And yes, Bob, it's all about the
cougars. We don't care what Richards thinks. He already stated he doesn't care
what we think, refuses to step down and he's supposed to be one of our leaders.
Now, that is scary.
Many City Watch
readers agreed in an informal survey that Richard's must go.
Here's how the origins of the the hunt went down.
commission president came under intense scrutiny in January for accepting a
$6,800 guided hunt at an Idaho ranch where he appears happily in photos that
went viral on the internet holding the dead, 3-year-old puma he shot. While legal
in Idaho, it's not here. The very people Richard's works for prohibited these hunts.
uproar, Richards paid the amount back -- later than the allowed 30 days -- and
received a stern warning from the Fair Political Practices Commission,
basically with a rebuke not to do so again.
But many of
us here are not happy about him getting off with no punishments because his
ethics obviously don't match that of our state.
Hamilton wrote: "What an idiot! This idiot needs to resign or get booted
out of his position. You can't protect endangered wildlife in one state and run
off killing wildlife while visiting another."
seems to be favored by City Watch readers despite that our gutless state leaders
-- who at once bumbled around demanding Richard's departure -- backed off trembling when gun and hunting
lobbyists rallied their support for the hunter.
Watch survey where 85 voters participated reflects that 58 voted for the commission
president to depart and 27 did not agree. Or roughly 68 percent are against
Richards staying and nearly 33 percent believed he should not leave because
what he did was legal.
I've said before, this is not an issue about legality -- although that comes
into play because one wonders if Richards would ever have paid that money back
if all the commotion hadn't started. This is about his ethics. And not having the wolf guarding the gates of the lambs.
John Coghlan, "How do we get him
out? Start a web petition and latch into animal rights groups? Sierra Club,
Nature Conservancy -- so many. We need to demonstrate that "mindless male
machos are not wanted in this society.
going to call Brown's office and complain at least."
another Dan Carstens: "Thank you for the great story in City Watch on the
shameful boasting about the shooting of a mountain lion. Lots of people see
recent legislation, including SB 1221 to ban hounding of bears (and bob cats)
as a response to the commission president's anachronistic attitude."
Carstens explains it, the Fish and Game commission earlier wanted to explore the expanded use
of hounds to hunt bruins and the smaller cats. We must not let that happen.
Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), calling the practice "cruel" which it
is, wants a law that prohibits the use of this callous canine activity -- which
not only leads to the deaths of the animals they are chasing -- but to the
the Humane Society of the United States is in full support of the bill.
is an inhumane and unsporting practice where trophy hunters use packs of
radio-collared dogs to chase down bears and bobcats before the hunter shoots
the terrified animals off a tree branch," the society said on its website.
"It also leads to dog welfare problems and a drain on animal sheltering
On April 24,
the bill passed the state's Natural Resources Committee on a 3-5 vote and today the California Senate Appropriations Committee approved it. California let's pass this bill.
And let's not, for a moment, forget
what Richards has done.