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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.
Instead, several former Fish and Game commissioners are pushing for his resignation — with a photo of a “family of baboons” that Fischer shot with a recurve bow prompting most of the outrage.
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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’m sure what you did was legal, however, legal does not make it right,” Trevey wrote in the email obtained by the Idaho Statesman through a public records request filed with the governor’s office. “... Sportsmanlike behavior is the center pin to maintaining hunting as a socially acceptable activity.”
Former - Commissioner - Tony - McDermott - Member
Former commissioner Tony McDermott (2005-13) emailed a member of Gov. Butch Otter’s staff to say he and six other named former commissioners “agree with Fred Trevey’s approach to this potentially explosive issue.” Three of the eight former commissioners, including Trevey, were on Fischer’s email distribution list.
Of the six people named by McDermott, one told the Statesman he emailed Fischer to suggest he resign, one said a public apology would suffice, two said they hadn’t consented to having their names attached to McDermott’s email and two couldn’t be reached. McDermott didn’t respond to an interview request; he’s out hunting, Trevey said.
Keith - Stonebraker - Lewiston - Commissioner - Apology
Keith Stonebraker of Lewiston, who was a commissioner from 1976 to 1987, said a public apology would satisfy him.
“They killed a whole family, including small baboons, and I think that’s revolting,” Stonebraker said. “... It just puts a bad light on us.”
Former - Commissioner - Will - Naillon - Name
Former commissioner Will Naillon said his name...
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