11th March 2012
For those of you who have had better things to do than consider the transgressions of a public official accused of no actual wrongdoing, here’s the facts of the case: Dan Richards, the owner of a Coldwell Banker brokerage in the Inland Empire and the president of the state Fish and Game Commission, was photographed recently grinning over the carcass of a mountain lion he shot and killed during a hunting trip in Idaho. Richards says he later ate the lion.
Hunting mountain lions is legal Idaho, but has been outlawed in California since voters passed Proposition 117 in 1990. And that’s the rub.
Democrat legislators, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, animal rights groups and environmentalists all say Richards actions were grossly inappropriate for someone charged with enforcing the hunting laws of California. One critic even compared it to a drug czar using drugs in a country where it’s legal.
Actually, since it’s California, they probably wouldn’t have much of a problem with the drug use.