RIVERSIDE (AP) — The president of the California Fish and Game Commission who is under fire for legally killing a mountain lion in Idaho is receiving overwhelming support during a public meeting in Riverside.

Dozens of people have spoken Wednesday at a commission meeting in favor of Dan Richards, who has recently been asked to resign by 40 California Democratic Assembly members and animal rights activists.

Richards, a Republican commercial real estate developer, appeared in a photo that shows him with a mountain lion he shot during a visit to Idaho. Richards has said he will not step down from his appointed position.

Hunting mountain lions is banned in California, though it’s legal in Idaho and other states.

The meeting’s public comment session is continuing.

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Comments (15)
  1. Chuey says:

    This ‘flap’ was artificially created by (whether you like it or not!) San Francisco’s own Gavin Newsome. In Idaho, harvesting a mountain lion while very restricted, is perfectly legal. There is nothing wrong with what Richards did here. Personally I would probably never shoot a Puma unless I was being attacked, but there is nothing ethically wrong here. Liberal whiney pukes at work here……

  2. rich says:

    if what he did was legal then someone needs to tell the “haters” to shut up they don’t have to like what he did but if it was legal then they can not ask him to quit a job over it

    1. mike says:

      I can’t even get a job.That’s because that aS$hole lawyer Robert Hale from Hale and Nguyen in Brea couldn’t help me with my case. Now I’m a bitter aS$puck that has a beef with law enforcement and everybody on the internet. I used multiple screen names like [GROW..APAIR], [wg//af], [up//yours], [Mike in San Diego], [Mike in Upland], [1stman] and [kma] so no one can track me down. I challenge people to meet me in front of the Fullerton P.D. station for my protection. I’m such a puS$y dumbf**k with nothing to say I post to myself copying sentences from everyone, especially GROWAPAIR, who knows I’m a ball sniffing loser.

      I’ll use your screen name next, puS$y d!cklips.

      Pay attention to me when I hijack screen names to show I’m a whiny puS$y dumbf**k loser. It makes my ass pucker with joy when people think I’m GROWAPAIR and my daddy’s balls like it when my ass puckers. Tell me how I can sound any more f**king stupid,.

  3. Uh Yeah says:

    I support hunting 100%, you kill it, you eat it…But killing simply for the sake of killing? Now that’s just morally corrupt. Especially when you are hunting a preditory animal that doesn’t have near the survival instinct of a prey animal.

    If this was a cull due to over population or because of livestock predation, that’s different. But the story doesn’t say so, so we are only left to consider that this kill was for nothing more than just “for fun”.

    1. dave ceake says:

      true , hes nothing but a killer ,,,Dozens of people have spoken Wednesday at a commission meeting in favor of Dan Richards lol hes got some of his hunting buddys say good word about him . big tough hunter kills a cougar ,,,,

    2. lon heart says:

      true , hes nothing but a killer ,,,Dozens of people have spoken Wednesday at a commission meeting in favor of Dan Richards lol hes got some of his hunting buddy’s say good word about him . big tough hunter kills a cougar ,,,,

    3. Chuey says:

      I heard him talk about it. The animal was attacking livestock. He said he DID BBQ the meat, and it tasted like roast pork. Not my cup of tea here, but morally nothing wrong in my book.

    4. Squirrel says:

      Mr. Richards did eat the mt lion, not a trophy killing, but a depredation hunt.

  4. Sage Advice says:

    I would rather support a Fish And Game President who KNOWS a thing or two about hunting and the conservation that inevitably goes along with that, AND did NOTHING ILLEGAL than some liberal dweeb that thinks conservation is making sure he recycles his Starbuck’s Mupuchupochino Cherry Swirl Parfet Sherry Temple Latte. Hunting is NOT illegal, it is NOT “morally wrong” and there is NO requirement to “eat” what you kill on this type of animal. You might change your tune if 4 Cougar were in your backyard at not eating your Poodle due to overpopulation BECAUSE a state like CA banned hunting of BOTH deer AND Cougar in so many areas. That day is coming. Not a summer goes by without a jogger, bicyclist, or child being caught in an UNPROVOKED attack by a Cougar in CA – often FATAL It’s now even happening in Burbank and Glendale of all places.

    I support someone that KNOWS the land, HUNTS on it, actually SEES it first hand, rather than viewing it on a website or from behind a desk-job hypothesizing what conservation may be and does the job merely as a political poser.

  5. carol says:

    California Democratic Assembly members and animal rights activists, well birds of a feather flock together If I am not mistaken he informed that he is a hunter and I beleive he has a right to hunt and he did it legaly He also brings common sence to the Job and will protect California’s wildlife and up hold the Laws in California ,Liberal whiney’s

  6. Rae says:

    Yah – It was really great how he used hunting dogs to chase the mountain lion into a tree and then shot it when it was isolated in a tree with no way to escape…

    1. rich says:

      where does it say dogs chased it up a tree? and do you really belive a BIG CAT would run from some hunting dogs?

  7. Alpha Kenny Juan says:

    mike (a.k.a. GROWAPAIR)

    To answer your question. No, you couldn’t sound any more stupid. Knowing you though, you’ll figure out a way.

  8. phawkins says:

    Would be real nice for a change….if the Democrats Focused only a political agenda, focused on more important issues, but they can’t do that, that would mean they would have to do their job and they don;t do that well at all. let’s keep voting these idiots in office, this is what we all wanted and paid for! We are just not that bright.

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