It's time to fire Scharzenegger appointee Daniel Richards from the California Fish and Game Commission.
In 1990 Calfiornia voters overwhelmingly voted to ban the hunting of mountain lions. Yet just last week Daniel Richards, the President of the California Fish and Game Commission, thumbed his nose at voters by traveling to Idaho to kill a mountain lion on a private "ranch", then posing with the carcass.
Richards bragged that he shot the cat at the Flying B Ranch, a 5,000 acre property in Northern Idaho which charges $6,800 for a 7-day lion hunt. "I'm glad it's legal in Idaho" said Richards, a member of the National Rifle Association.
As President of the CA Dept. of Fish and Game, Richards is responsible for setting the priorities and agenda of the Department. Since being appointed in 2008 Richards has consistently favored consumptive uses over environmental protection, and has opposed regulations to protect endangered species like the western mountain lion.
The CA Sierra Club released this statement, "We do not have any confidence in Mr. Richards’ ability to be involved in setting policy or making decisions regarding the management of California’s fish and wildlife resources or protecting California’s endangered species."
Clearly, the people of California deserve better.
If Richards refuses to resign from the Fish and Game Commission, he can be removed by a simple majority vote of our state legislature. As leaders in the State Senate and Assembly you have the power to call for and hold such a vote.
We urge you to do so as quickly as possible.