Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Wildlife Official Under Fire For Proudly Posing With Animals He Killed

Wildlife Official Under Fire For Proudly Posing With Animals He Killed

He said: "They killed a whole family, including small baboons, and I think that's revolting".

Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer shared photos of his guided hunting trip in Africa with friends and colleagues when he returned last month, expecting they'd appreciate his success.

'So I shot a whole family of baboons, ' Fischer wrote below the photo in the emails he sent.

Most of the photos with the African animals are posed as standard big game hunting photos of the kind often seen in Idaho with deer, elk and mountain lions.

"My reaction to the photo and accompanying text of you smiling and holding a "family" of primates you killed, dismays and disappoints me", Trevey said, according to KBOI.

Former commissioner Tony McDermott also sent an email to the governor's office, saying he and six other former commissioners agree with "Trevey's approach to this potentially explosive issue", according to the Statesman. "We don't want to put out to the public and many of us wouldn't even do this in the first place".

Fred Trevey, who was a Fish and Game commissioner from 2007 to 2015, wrote Fischer an email asking him to resign "to shield the commission as an institution and hunting as a legitimate tool of wildlife management from the harm that is sure to come". "I have a hard time understanding how a person privileged to be an Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner can view such an action as sportsmanlike and an example to others".

Keith E. Carlson, another former commissioner who called for Fischer to resign, echoed a similar condemnation of the photo. Please join PETA in calling for Fischer to be relieved of his position by contacting the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at 208-334-3700 or posting a comment on the department's Facebook page.

Blake killed numerous animals in Namibia, when there he said he received a list of species he could hunt and was required to pay a trophy fee for certain animals.

Fischer told a local newspaper in Boise that he did not do anything illegal, immoral or unethical.

The Idaho Game and Fishing Commission has seven members, who are subject to appointment by Governor Otter, and further confirmation by the national Senate.

"Baboons are free", he told the newspaper.

Idaho Fish and Game could not be reached for comment.

"I can tell you that the Governor is concerned and that this office is actively looking into the matter", Otter's Press Secretary Jon Hanian told CNN. Alder is the executive director of the pro-hunting group Idaho for Wildlife. "You just don't do this".

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