California wildlife official in hot water over mountain lion hunt

February 21st, 2012 · by Garrison Frost

California Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards is getting a lot of flack for a mountain lion hunt he recently did in Idaho. It’s not that the hunt was illegal — it wasn’t — rather it was the perception that he was flouting that he was “thumbing his nose” at the California voters that made it illegal to hunt mountain lion in California. We’ve certainly not heard the last of this story.

Categories: State Policy

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  • mark harner

    We are citizens, not subjects, of the Great State of California. Of course Californians have the right to establish the game management laws of their State, but they have no right at all to dictate the behavior of Californians in Idaho or anywhere else. That Californians understand the fairness of this claim is clearly demonstrated by our generous contributions to the State of Nevada. Thanks to the superior nature of California law, Nevada residents pay no income tax. And have you ever heard of a state official losing his job after disrespecting California law and “thumbing his nose at the citizens of California” by engaging in a little gaming in Vegas? And, if an officer of the Department of Motor Vehicles were to drive, in Idaho, a vehicle that failed to meet California emission standards, do you really believe that legislators would be up in arms over it? Well, being California, they might, but that is only because they jump at any opportunity to divert attention from the fact that they have failed us in their own jobs.