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CA Fish and Game Commission President Shoots Cougar and Boasts About Hunt in Magazine

Humane Society of US Urges Californians to Voice Concern About Dan Richards' Leadership

Apparently Dan Richards, the new president of California Fish and Game Commission likes to hunt and is willing to travel to states that allow people to kill big wildlife — environment, conservation, and simple compassion be damned.

Photo courtesy www.ForestWander.comWe can't post the photograph in question here since it might be subject to copyright. To view Richards
with his "trophy", click here.

Yesterday, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), CA, posted a picture of the Richards holding up a dead mountain lion he shot during a hunting expedition in Idaho.

It’s illegal to shoot mountain lions in California.  So Richards schlepped over to another state to fulfill his bloodlust.

A little snooping around on the Net turned up the site where the original photo was posted — a blog in Western Outdoor News — a fishing and hunting weekly. Here’s the caption accompanying the photograph that Richards himself supplied the publication.

“NEW COMMISSION PRESIDENT CELEBRATES A SUCCESSFUL HUNT – California Fish and Game commissioner Dan W. Richards travelled deep into the wicked terrain of Idaho’s Flying B Ranch to fulfill a long-held goal. “It was the most physically exhausting hunt of my lifetime. Eight hours of cold weather hiking in very difficult terrain. I told the guides I appreciated the hard work. They were unbelievably professional, first class all the way,” he said. Richards said he took the big cat over iron sights using a Winchester Centennial lever action .45 carbine. Asked about California’s mountain lion moratorium, Richards didn’t hesitate. “I’m glad it’s legal in Idaho.” (emphasis added)

Wow!

The blog also notes that Richards is outspoken opponent of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) that requires the state to improve the way it protects the ocean.

Richards’ decision to “not only hunt an animal whose protection has twice been approved by California voters, but to post a photo showing his glee over the trophy kill, undermines Californians’ confidence in the state’s leadership and commitment to wisely managed natural resources,” HSUS’ California director Jennifer Fearing said in a statement today. “Richards’ example stands in stark contrast to the work by dozens of stakeholders – including The HSUS – which just yesterday culminated in the adoption of an interim strategic vision for California’s fish and wildlife,” she added.

The Humane Society is urging Californians to contact the Fish and Game Commission and voice their concerns about Richards’ leadership role. I urge you to heed their call.

PS: When I contacted the Fish and Game Commission this afternoon I was told that their phones had been “ringing off the hook” but there were no senior officials around today to field the calls.

Maureen Nandini Mitra, Managing Editor, Earth Island Journal.Maureen Nandini Mitra photo
In addition to her work at the Journal, Maureen writes for several other magazines and online publications in the US and India. A journalism graduate from Columbia University, her work has appeared in the San Francisco Public Press, The New Internationalist, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, The Caravan and Down to Earth.

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I have watched the Bighorn sheep population in California plummet thanks to an emotional outlawing of Lion hunting in our state. I was one of the idiots that voted for it! Listen to me: the biologist views in Idaho have permitted the hunt, let the man have it, he paid for it. Hunting fees are the ONLY support our animals have worldwide. All other entities like The Humane society of the united states have an agenda of disarming Americans. they are anti-hunting period. giving this a ‘moral’ spin denies the existence of the many hunting stories in the bible. If you are not getting your morals from the bible, then you are getting them from Disney, and have no place in an adult discussion. Lions, by the way, are VERY edible, and the president has said that he eats them, as did our founding fathers and mountain men.
Save your wrath for chickens raised in pens, and veal. Hunters care more, and understand the human place in our planet more rationally than you will ever comprehend. Eat tofu and algae, and you think like tofu and algae.

By Dana on Sun, March 04, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I think he showed respect to the people and laws of California. It’s against the law to hunt mnt lions there (peoples’ choice), so he went elsewhere to do it. What’s wrong with that? How many Califorians have gone to the casinos & brothels in Nevada, gone to another state because the drinking age was lower or traveled to a state to get married, where homosexual marriage is legal?

I wonder how much of this stink is really because a bunch of democrats don’t want a republican holding the office, or if maybe it’s being stirred by non-profit organization that spends less than 1% of the money raised actually helping animals out of bad situations, while the rest goes to lobbyists, employees and animal suffering propaganda.

By Luther on Fri, March 02, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Hey Richard Rasnikov, why don’t we drop some lions off in your dining room just about the time you and your family are about to have a steak dinner.

By Fred on Fri, March 02, 2012 at 12:19 pm

What Dan Richard’s did shows his disrespect for the wildlife he is supposed to protect.  So in CA he protects and then goes to Idaho to kill?  Yes he should be fired for insensitivity to these issues and the ability to manage CA’s wildlife when he has such a poor attitude concerning the life of those he would protect. 

He believes there are no consequences but time will tell.  Perhaps he will get fired but more than that he will have to answer to nature for a senseless killing, a taking of a life, but that is on his conscience.

By Mark on Fri, March 02, 2012 at 9:09 am

I would like to offer a suggestion which may resolve the entire controversy. 

Drop a couple of mountain lions in Richards’ dining room some evening as the family is finishing up some apple pie.  It could be filmed as a kind of karmic reality show. 

That would give him a fair chance, which is more than the treed puma had. 

http://lookingglass.blog.co.uk/2012/03/02/hey-bungalow-bill-12981921/

By Richard Raznikov on Thu, March 01, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I am a hunter, fisherman, and gold miner, I havent killed an animal since 1970. they wont issue me a dredge permit to mine in the rivers of California, so I guess I should go kill something??  Jim

By jim henderson on Thu, March 01, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Boohoohoo, poor little Ira throwing tantrums and banging on his computer keyboard over nothing. I have been to Idaho and the people who live there are much better citizens than most of the wacko tree hugging, bunnyhugging crybabies like you who live in California. Are we at the point where someone can’t say something without offending someone or some minority group. If we get to the point where people can’t participate in their favorite traditions or participate in a legal activity without offending some group or crybaby citizen like you then we are all in trouble. Hope you enjoy your little pet mountain lion, someday you or member of your family will be on his menu. By the way you talk tough but you are the coward and would not stand a chance against one of us evil hunters in a fair fight.

By Fred on Thu, March 01, 2012 at 6:20 pm

you people on both sides of this issue are whackos. both sides are 100% positive they’re right.
The issue is: Can you fire a public administrator because you don’t share the same values?  And you can’t. Otherwise we become lawless animals.

By lloyd on Thu, March 01, 2012 at 1:22 pm

It is cruel to kill just for sport. If you are not killing for food or to protect your family than it is cruel. God did not creat his creations to be killed for sport. A person that does this has no respect for life. I’m glad it is no longer legal to hunt and kill human beings for sport.

By John Edwards on Thu, March 01, 2012 at 10:20 am

Mark Ruhe.  I believe Tom’s final comment with respect to the statement “He is a coward.  If you want to hunt animals, do it without weapons” was “they call this shopping” or something to that effect.  Are you a coward because you pay someone else to chase your chicken, kill it, and clean it, all with fancy technology that prevents them from soiling their hands, not to mention your own?  Hell, your brain hasn’t even broke a sweat over the hypocrisy!

By Mark Harner on Thu, March 01, 2012 at 1:10 am

Kristin is Precisely correct! He IS a coward and needs to go!
Oh, by the way-inbreds!, I do not eat Tofu, and do have a good size lion that has been in my backyard when I bbq! I leave him alone, and he leaves me alone! I have a Samurai sword for protection-no need for a Glock! The commissioner is a sadistic coward and should move to Idaho where he can kill predators like the other assholes!
Dogs and mosquitos and bees kill many more people per year than wolves, lions, and sharks!  Hunting large predators is a sin!!!
...and Cowardly unless y’all fight fair-which, of course, ya don’t!!!

By Ira Cord Rubnitz on Thu, March 01, 2012 at 12:20 am

Of course he ate it.  Anti’s just don’t understand but have NO problem stating their opinion.  They have no understanding of hunting, as evidenced by the comments here..
“Hunting for sport, with a gun, is a cowardly act. There is no pride deserved.” 
-not for sport. He of course ate it.  Another anti lie about “sport hunting”

“What would he think of Mr. Daniels and his “big trophy”???  Well you can’t eat a mountain lion that’s for sure.  He just shot and killed it for vanity’s sake.  He’d probably think that Daniels was a gutless coward with small genitalia.”
- AGAIN of course he ate it.

By Jon Reid on Wed, February 29, 2012 at 8:35 pm

You may feel that your position on Mr. Dan Richards to have him resign or remove him from office is a right decision but I say let’s take a look at what we as Californians are all about. Do we want animals to be protected sure we do but there are times we need to preserve the species by allowing hunters to harvest a few to maintain the population and to insure we have health species. This is a balancing act were if we allow the Mountain lions to over populate they start killing off other animals such as our deer, mountain goats, elk, my dog, neighbors cat, humans and so on. I think you would agree that if we allow the Mountain lion to over populate we would have more issues than Mr. Richards’s legal hunting trip to Idaho. Idaho allows hunting of the Mountain Lion because as I stated above it is a balancing act to keep all the animal species health and their numbers up.
No one wants to see and animal killed but we as humans need to understand without proper management and control of our natural recourses there would be none for our children to enjoy. Mr. Richards’s trip was on his own time doing a legal hunt to maintain Idaho’s Mountain Lions population and protection of other magnificent species.
Mr. Richard understands the importance of preserving all species and I see him as an asset to maintaining the wildlife of California.

By Joe D on Wed, February 29, 2012 at 7:40 pm

I will bet that some of these crybaby bunnyhuggers have visited brothels in Nevada.

By Fred on Wed, February 29, 2012 at 4:40 pm

To all you crybaby bunnyhuggers, get a life and leave this man alone.

By Fred on Wed, February 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I wonder if any of these antis have ever gone to Reno or Vegas and played a slot machine or black jack ?

By zach c on Wed, February 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm

The Taliban have a committee on Virtue and Vice. They flog people who don’t comply with their ideas about what’s right.  We’re doing to same to this guy.

If his job description said hunting was grounds for dimissal, then dismissal is fine.  But his activity is legal in Idaho. End of story.

By Lloyd Binen on Wed, February 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

Fish and Game Commission head says defiantly he won’t resign

http://blogs.sacbee.com/the_swarm/2012/02/fish-and-game-commission-head.html

By Kevin on Wed, February 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

I totally agree w/ Tom, another readers commenta at the bottom of my comments.
I simply don’t understand how a shooting an animal w/ a gun makes a person feel good.
They’re using a gun for Christ’s sake.
  It’s not like the cougar was stalking Richards. For gods sake, the hunter uses dogs to scare the cougar into hiding in a tree. The cougar doesn’t have any weapons.
That’s where Richards comes into the picture w/ a rifle. Richards could conceivable shoot the cougar if the cougar is within eyesight from conceivably from great distance w/ a rifle. He stalks a wild animal, never mind that the cougar displayed no aggression towards Richards. He shoots the defenseless cougar while the cougar is hiding in the tree.
 
Toms comments as follows:
“He is a coward.  If you really want to hunt animals, then you should do it without any weapons.”

By Tom on Wed, February 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm

By Mark Ruhe on Wed, February 29, 2012 at 3:36 am

Those people who live their whole lives in the metropolitan bay area think they know everything and have the right to dictate their views on the world.  Mountain lions are big, silent, and deadly.  When they are over populated they are not healthy, and they cause problems that city dwellers can’t begin to imagine. I don’t tell you how live you lives, shut up about how this individual conducts his. I live in lion country, and I understand the beauty of seeing these animals live and wild, and I know what its like to step out my door and meet one personally.  Eat your tofu, and drive your Prius, manage your live as you like, what he does in his private life is none of your business.  He certainly understands the balance of wild things so much better than you. Step out of your paved safe city for a couple of years and you will definitely see the trees in the forest.

By Tracy J on Tue, February 28, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Bohoo, so he used dogs to hunt the lion, it is almost impossible to hunt lions without dogs, these animals have to be managed and if hunting them with dogs is the best way to do it so be it.

By Fred on Tue, February 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Another website says he used dogs to tree the cat, and then he shot it. Legal or not, that is truly cowardly.  Hunt like a “man”.

By Curtis on Tue, February 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I respect what he did was apparently legal in Idaho. 

But why couldn’t he hunt with a paintball gun if he needs to “hit” something? This would be more challenging and require more skill.  What does killing it prove?

Why don’t hunters hunt by hand - take on the animal without a weapon?  Answer: fear?

If a mugger robs YOU on the street or in your home, takes your money and kills you with a knife, would you respect that person’s hunting prowess? Doubtful. That’s hypocritical.

When a cougar or other animal attacks a human, why isn’t the animal’s hunting prowess cheerred? Humans are pathetic hypocrites.

Ranchers every once in awhile incurring loss by lions and wolves, etc.?  Wildife species incur loss every hour of every day.  How many tons of fish are commercially caught every day?  And the “by catch” incidentally caught in the process? There’s no comparison.

Did he eat the meat?

By Curtis on Tue, February 28, 2012 at 8:03 pm

(California’s Lt. Gov. “Gavin Newsom Demands Fish and Game President to Resign After Shooting Mountain Lion” http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2012/02/gavin_newsom_dan_richards.php

By Kevin on Mon, February 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Majority of California Assembly members call for resignation of wildlife official who killed mountain lion
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_20041625

By Kevin on Sat, February 25, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Prop 117 is an emotionally placed law by the public. If anything it has hurt our wildlife rather than helped. Mountain lion are not endangered and have never been. I’ve seen mountain lion 5 times on my 5 acre property in a year. Dan Richards doesn’t decide what’s best for the wildlife. He has appointed wildlife biologists to properly research and manage our wildlife. They are educated people with degrees who also have common sense enough to know that because we’ve already encroached on land we have to equally regulate predator and prey. Fish and game, operate in the best interest of the animal and herds as a whole. The biologists did not create Prop 117, a bunch of folks who are so emotionally controlled that they can’t get past the loss of one animal for the better health of many of that species did. San Fransisco and Los Angeles interfered and our court systems let them take it out of the professionals hands. He legally went to another state and took a lion. That state accounted for so many lion tags in order to thin them out a bit like other animals. You can’t thin one because of habitat and food sources and not another. Plus, how do you know that nobody ate the meat. Lion is delicious, not to mention organic. Just because you can’t fathom it doesn’t mean that other people don’t eat lion. There is nothing wrong with hunting. It is a right and a choice that every US citizen should have without interference from others. My family drinks raw milk, we have our own eggs, and we eat self raised meat or hunted meat. We don’t believe in the majority of medications or vaccinations and I want the choice to get my own meat that I know has not been tainted with antibiotics and steroids. Or grow my own produce that isn’t GMO. Not to mention, it is a necessary evil that needs to be done in order to keep balance in our forests. People who oppose hunting. Please stay out of my livelihood and the decisions I make to keep my family healthy. I don’t come to your coffee shops and start flinging my views or force my issues. Just as it is wrong for people to deny anyone the right to marry, it is wrong of you to deny people the right to choose their food. Common respect of peoples choices, even if you don’t understand them would be nice.

By Free Choice on Fri, February 24, 2012 at 10:46 am

I would imagine most of these people who are criticizing Mr. Richards have little experience with wildlife outside of what they see on the Discovery Channel or read in a magazine at the dentist’s office.

You can’t walk up to a mountain lion in the wild and give it a hug, hate to burst you bubble folks but it just doesn’t work that way - they are not really cute and cuddly. 

I did read HSUS director Wayne Pucelle’s blog item about this incident (http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2012/02/ca-mountain-lion-killing.html).  But quite frankly I could care less what he has to say about anything.  All you really need to know about the Humane Society of the US and Mr. Pucelle is showcased in the whole gray wolf reintroduction debacle that began in the mid 90s.  They have blamed the failure of the program on everyone that had any involvement in it (Feds, State Agencies even the poor ranchers who lost everything).  HSUS won’t be satisfied until the wolves finish digesting every large mammal in the Northwestern US.  Pucelle is typical of the armchair conservationists who have a ‘Disney’ take on wild creatures and little understanding of wildlife management.  HSUS will not let a lack of expertise, knowledge or common sense get in the way of their mission to eliminate all sport hunting in the United States.  This is just an opportunity for them to make some hay over this whole mess and exploit it into influencing DFG policy and intimidating other wildlife agencies into cooperating with them.

Let’s face it, hunters are fair game these days.  When you’re less than 1% of the population that’s the way it works.  I just find it ironic that with a populace that considers itself very tolerant of a variety of different lifestyles most folks here cannot stand those like me who were brought up in a traditional hunting family/culture.  I guess it doesn’t mesh with their progressive ideals, animal right beliefs or whatever.

Bottom line: Richards did nothing wrong but the Disney crowd feels betrayed because the guy who runs the hunting program in California is actually a hunter.

SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP THE MADNESS:
http://www.change.org/petitions/california-state-legislature-retain-daniel-w-richards-as-california-fish-and-game-commission-president

By Chuck Thompson on Fri, February 24, 2012 at 3:23 am

Have you folks ever seen what a cougar does to a cow, sheep or dog?

By Joe on Fri, February 24, 2012 at 2:27 am

Why don’t you crybaby bunnyhuggers get a life, Mr Richards did nothing wrong, should people be punished for going to another state to participate in a legal activity that is illegal in their home state.

By Fred on Fri, February 24, 2012 at 12:49 am

“He is a coward.  If you really want to hunt animals, then you should do it without any weapons.” 


That is called shopping.

By Tom on Wed, February 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Let’s see - this “shameful” sportman is the commissioner of the CA Fish and Game, funded by hunters and fisherman to conserve, preserve, and manage our natural resources. I would expect the guy to be a hunter in order to be credible as commissioner. He legally bought a license, hunted his legal prey, and broke no laws in his pursuit.
For you sniveling anti-gun, anti-hunting misinformed shrills, you need to grow up and get over yourselves. By the way, the ranch in Idaho has more people “LIKE’ing it than the total number of nuckleheads that signed the petition to remove Mr. Richards.

By Kevin James on Wed, February 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

This is disgusting.  You are not an outdoorsman if you are a hunter.  To me outdoorsmen should have respect for nature and life.  And you shouldn’t be a President of the Fish and Game commission if you do not respect animals.  He is a coward.  If you really want to hunt animals, then you should do it without any weapons.  It should be on the same playing field as the animal.  Then it will really show how weak and low on the food chain humans really are. 
Respect life, respect nature!  Do not kill for fun or sport.  It is the most dispicable act!!!

By Kristin on Wed, February 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Here is today’s blog post by the HSUS director about the CA Fish & Game head -http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2012/02/ca-mountain-lion-killing.html

By Kevin on Wed, February 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm

To suggest that cats large and small don’t require culling simply indicates you aren’t a rancher who has suffered loss.  And to judge someone for being “vain” for turning one into a trophy simply indicates you are judgmental. There’s no argument there. You just want to judge someone else. I would suggest that no one values your opinion quite as highly as you do and encourage you to keep your valueless opinions to yourself.

By Brian Lantz on Wed, February 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Out! Out with Dan Richards as head of California’s Department of Fish & Game.  With his attitude toward animal life, a position in a slaughterhouse would be more appropriate.  How did an individual like this reach such a powerful position in the first place?!!

By Bruce Grayson on Wed, February 22, 2012 at 1:22 am

First off, I’m not against hunters.

My grandfather was a hunter down in the Imperial Valley.  He hunted, pheasant, grouse, quail etc.

However,  he had a rule that was pretty simple:

“Eat what you hunt.  If you are going to shoot an animal, than eat it”.  There is no shame in hunting and killing an animal for food”.  “We are carnivores” he’d say.

What would he think of Mr. Daniels and his “big trophy”???  Well you can’t eat a mountain lion that’s for sure.  He just shot and killed it for vanity’s sake.  He’d probably think that Daniels was a gutless coward with small genitalia.

By Frederico Pena on Tue, February 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Great Comments.  Dan Richards we have your back.  You should stand up to these Commies, and remember this is the USA not Russia!

By Get real on Tue, February 21, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I searched the HSUS webiste and found no such posting…hmmmmmmmm??????

Most recent cougar article was on Feb 15th and is about hiking in cougar country.

By DM on Tue, February 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm

WOW! Nice trophy Dan, That will look GREAT in your den. Now see what you can do about the seal over population in Ca.

By Tom on Tue, February 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I would wager that those who suffer such ‘moral outrage’ over ‘murdering’ an animal have no problems turning a blind eye to the killing of soldiers, sailors and airmen in Iraq by a murderous religious sect that tortures their own.  In fact I doubt they ever use the term ‘murder’ in relation to man, just the taking of an animal.  These people need therapy.

By Brian Lantz on Tue, February 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I am sickened to learn that this person holds a powerful position in fish and game and that our tax dollars pay for his employment! It does shed some light though as to why it has been so hard to get them to care enough to read official documents provided to fish and game, proving that the law on owning domestic ferrets as pets is ridiculously unwarrented. Keeping ferrets on the wild animal list incorrectly, is fraudulent and unlike the other 48 states of America, very stupid! If he doesnt even care about wildlife, it’s no wonder he doesnt care about our domestic pet family members.

By Lisa Miller on Tue, February 21, 2012 at 9:24 am

This guy is the Persident of the Dept of FISH & GAME.  It seems to follow that that person should be a sportsman in order to fully understand all aspects of the decisions that he will be facing.  It’s a commission who are established to “...maintains native fish, wildlife, plant species and natural communities for their intrinsic and ecological value and their benefits to people. This includes habitat protection and maintenance in a sufficient amount and quality to ensure the survival of all species and natural communities. The department is also responsible for the diversified use of fish and wildlife including recreational, commercial, scientific and educational uses.”  His personal pursuits have not voilated the mission he is in charge of in the slightest.  Nothing he can do will change that voters in CA want these cats protected.

I don not condone what he did, except that he has the legal right to do so.  He is an American with RIGHTS just like everyone else reading this site.  He broke no laws, get off his case!!

It seems that SO many people in CA have forgotten that we are part of America, we have rights and no one and no group should be permitted to take that away from anybody.  Americans are entitled to “Life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness” as afforded to us in our Declaration of Independence.  Quit trying to take away his rights, nobody is trying to take away yours.

By DM on Tue, February 21, 2012 at 9:06 am

My son and I took an elk at Fort Hunter Liggett reserve where da commish took one and rightly so.  The herds are horrific and the next step is for them to develop disease and starve to death for lack of feed.  Furthermore they are fueling cougar and bobcat populations that come south into our back yards. We have the same problem with wild fire control.  Because we can’t cull forests thousands loose their homes and sometimes their lives.  Ecological religious insanity must end and be disgraced and exposed for the imbecility it is.

By B.E. Lantz on Mon, February 20, 2012 at 8:13 pm

As long as it was legal why would anybody have a problem with him shooting it.
  Here in Ca. in 1990 when the management of Mountain Lions were taken out of the hands of the Dept.of Fish & Game by the voters, along with this we have had to spend over $600,000,000.00 for habitat restoration for the states specially protected Lion population, this money comes from Bond measures and cigarette tax’s at $30,000,000.00 per year!
  Is there anybody else that thinks that this money would be better spent on…lets say education or the elderly, or the homeless..

By Dale Tobiassen on Mon, February 20, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Hurray for the DFG. Finally they have a true outdoorsmen who not only is a conservationist, but also a hunter.

When they ban hunting for Cougars in Idaho, and Dan takes one, then you can bitch and moan. Until then, he has done nothing wrong, but take a NON endangered species, legally.

Dan is a bright light to true outdoorsmen, and its about time the DFG had a leader that represented the outdoorsmen, as well as the laws that protect the animals.

Hip Hip Hurray.

By Mike Proctor on Mon, February 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Hunting for sport, with a gun, is a cowardly act. There is no pride deserved. It occurred to me to ask, when I saw that photo…which one of those animals is actually dead?

By e torres on Mon, February 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm

The MLPA is a corrupt sham that really does nothing comprehensive to protect the oceans in California except closing a few folks from fishing here and there.
It was the first step of an oil company/wave energy private industry takeover to rezone and indemnify them from future development.
While I personally dont condone killing anything unless you are going to eat it I do honor Richards for having the bravery and resolve to call the corrupt MLPA for what it really is. 
I spent months in the involved in the stakeholders group bewildered and sickened by the charade.

By ManFlower on Sun, February 19, 2012 at 9:59 am

The MLPA is ridiculous though, and the majority of Californians have never encountered a lion in their life, and know nothing about them. I love them, but they meed to be managed. Outlawing hunting does nothing but had for the lion population.

By Ryan on Sat, February 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm

You should be showing the photo of him that is appearing on facebook of him holding his prize Mountain Lion that the jerk killed.

It’s quite a horrific sight!

By Lydia L. Pineault on Fri, February 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm

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