By firing a single rifle shot at a wandering mountain lion during an Idaho hunting trip, California’s top fish and game commissioner has inflamed the political divide in a state where hunters are under attack.
The National Rifle Association put out a nationwide alert for members to support Daniel Richards, president of the state Fish and Game Commission, after photos he posted with his dead quarry in Idaho launched calls for his resignation from a commission that oversees wildlife policy in California. John and Ken, the popular radio talk-show hosts on KFI-AM (640), have expressed support, and “tea party” RepublicanTim Donnelly of San Bernardino called him the “target of a modern-day witch hunt.”
The Humane Society of the United States, Audubon Society of California and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco and a darling of California’s left, have demanded Richards’ ouster.