An animal protectionist loon has been named to the Nevada Wildlife Commission, the first such appointment in recent memory.
Karen Summers Layne is president of the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society. She was appointed to the nine-member policy board by Gov. Brian Sandoval on Oct. 3. Her appointment follows that of former Clark County Sheriff Bill Young in July.
“It’s going to be an interesting position,” Layne told The Associated Press.
Layne, 65, spoke against hunting black bears when the commission held hearings on instituting Nevada’s inaugural bear season in 2010. The hunting season was ultimately approved and continues.
She also has worked on anti-trapping measures.
The appointment and its apologists are reminiscent of the debacle of Teresa Hershey, an animal rights activist Gov. Ann Richards appointed to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission in 1991.