Idaho commissioner who circulated 'nauseating' hunting photos resigns

Postado Outubro 16, 2018

An Idaho Fish and Game Commission member is being criticized by some after he shared photos of himself posing with a family of baboons, including young baboons, he killed while hunting in Africa.

But even worse is that Fisher serves on the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, making decisions that affect wildlife throughout the state - including decisions about hunting regulations for grizzly bears, wolves and other animals often killed as "trophies".

Fischer and his wife shot at least 14 animals in Namibia, according to the photos and descriptions included in an email he sent to more than 100 recipients.

This included a giraffe, leopard, impala, sable antelope, waterbuck, kudu, warthog, gemsbok (oryx) and eland. Among them were pictures of Mr Fischer with a dead giraffe, a dead leopard and the family of slaughtered primates, including the bloodstained body of a baby baboon.

Comedian Ricky Gervais, a longtime animal rights advocate, posted a scathing two-word tweet in which he called Fischer a "Pathetic [expletive]", using a vulgar word to describe female genitalia.

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

One of the recipients of Fischer's note, former commissioner Fred Trevey, responded on October 5, saying the email "dismays and disappoints me". "What bothers me is he's got the family there and a little baby baboon sitting there with blood all over it, kind of like in the mother's arms", Alder said.

Keith E. Carlson, another former commissioner who called for Fischer to resign, echoed a similar condemnation of the photo. Fischer, according to the Statesman, was reappointed by Gov. C.L.

Fish and game commissioners are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate, the department's website states.

"Baboons are free", he told the newspaper. "I didn't do anything immoral", he added.

The governor's office also released a copy of Fischer's resignation letter, which read in part: "I recently made some poor judgments that resulted in sharing photos of a hunt which did not display an appropriate level of sportsmanship and respect for the animals I harvested".

Fischer, who told the Statesman he received a call from a fellow commissioner expressing concerns about the photo, said he apologized for sending the pictures, but defended the hunt.

Steve Alder, executive director of Idaho For Wildlife, a pro-hunting group, told KBOI that Fischer's hunts were despicable. In the note, which was obtained through a public records request, Fischer said the hunt occurred after he and his wife traveled to Namibia for a couple of weeks - a trip that was his third to Africa and her first. You just don't do that.