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Dan the Mountain Lion Killer

The president of the California Department of Fish and Game kills a mountain lion.

It would appear that Dan Richards, president of the California Department of Fish and Game Commision, has a new job skill. A photo going viral on the Internet shows Richards with the biggest smile on his face that he probably ever had, holding a dead mountain lion that he had just shot.

Apparently he believed the advertising of the company that portrays killing of this protected animal as a "peak hunting experience." I guess if I was going to make $7000 like the Flying B Ranch in Idaho that provide the dogs and 4WD vehicles needed to run the lions down so Dan can shoot them with his 45 caliber Remington rifle, I'd try to lure people from California with wild claims as well.

Dan wins my vote for the best example of two-faced hypocrite in the state. By the way, he became president of the Commision as a result of voting himself into office. When asked about California’s Proposition 117 that make’s it illegal to shoot lions, his comment was “ I’m glad it’s legal in Idaho,” thumbing his nose at the people of California.

Perhaps Dan should use his new hunting expertise to apply for a job in pest control or as a bounty hunter here in the state that pays his wages. There must be a few lions left somewhere to make money off of instead of as a state official. Or maybe he could move to the Rockies to be closer to his prey.

-- Robert Coutts

Mark Harner February 26, 2012 at 06:12 PM
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 the 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 made at the tables of Vegas and Reno--contrary to California law and "sensibilities". Have you ever heard of a state official losing his job after disrespecting the law-of-the-land and "thumbing his nose at the citizens of California" following an excursion to 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, miserably.
Carl Kalbern February 26, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Canned hunting or hunting pracitces that involves the use of equipment other than man's own energy should be banned in all states. Are we human beings or not? Human and the word humane which stems from being human should mean something. These hunts against exotic and endangered species are not for food or survival but are just for sadistic and callous adrenaline rushes!! Yes good old Dan is definitely a hypocrite who has no regard for nature, natural habitats, or other living creatures on this planet who are fighting for their species survival.!!!!
Madeleine Brockwell February 27, 2012 at 10:26 AM
Was Dan, the big "brave" chest beating idiot in the area around the same time the last remaining mountain lion was found shot in the Santa Monica Mountains last year?
Dwayne February 27, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Mountain lions arent endangered or exotic Carl
Bob nelson February 28, 2012 at 12:47 AM
California is over populated with mountain lions. They are at the top of the food chain and they are the deer herds in california. What Dan Richards did in Idaho was totally legal. If California Fish & Game was not run by tree huggers and let the bioligist do there job there would be a season here.
John February 28, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Big game mammal. Populations of mountain lions are healthy statewide. Mountain lions are found in all of the major mountain ranges in Nevada. Their overall populations are faring well in the state. They are not threatened or endangered. There are hunting seasons in Nevada with established quotas for mountain lions. http://ndow.org/wild/animals/facts/mountain_lion.shtm Mountain lions are not threatened nor endangered in California. In fact, the lion population is relatively high in California and their numbers appear to be stable. Mountain lions are legally classified as "specially protected species". This has nothing to do with their relative abundance and does not imply that they are rare. http://www.dfg.ca.gov/news/issues/lion/lion_faq.html

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