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    President of the California Fish & Game Commission

    The California Fish and Game Commission is responsible for enacting hunting and fishing regulations for the state of California. These regulations vary from state-to-state because each state is responsible for its own game management, because they know what is best for their own states.

    Recently, Commissioner Dan Richards released a photo of him and a mountain lion that he successfully hunted while in the state of Idaho. Although California banned the taking of mountain lions, hunting them in most states, including Idaho, is absolutely legal.

    Led by opportunistic politicians and anti-hunting groups such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), an effort is underway to remove Commissioner Richards from the CA Fish & Game Commission. The HSUS is probably the largest anti-hunting organization in the world and they have staked a tremendous amount of their prestige on removing Commissioner Richards. We can't let them win!

    Make no mistake, it doesn't matter to the anti-hunting/fishing groups that Richards did nothing wrong. This unfair attack is underway because these radicals believe they can replace him with a more anti-hunting commissioner, thereby closing off more hunting and fishing opportunities statewide.

    THE RESPONSIBLE HUNTERS AND SPORTSMEN OF CALIFORNIA NEED YOUR HELP NOW!!! PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING REPRESENTATIVES AND TELL THEM TO SUPPORT COMMISSIONER DAN RICHARDS.


    Governor Jerry Brown
    State Capitol, Suite 1173
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Phone: (916) 445-2841
    Fax: (916) 558-3160

    Email web form: CLICK HERE

    Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
    State Capitol, Suite 1114
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Email web form: CLICK HERE

    Assemblyman Ben Hueso
    State Capitol
    P.O. Box 942849
    Sacramento, CA 94249-0079

    Phone: (916) 319-2079
    Fax: (916) 319-2179

    Email web form: CLICK HERE California Fish and Game Commission
    P.O. Box 944209
    Sacramento, CA 94244-2090

    Phone: (916) 653-4899
    Fax: (916) 653-5040

    Email: fgc@fgc.ca.gov

    If it is convenient, plan to attend the Fish & Game Commission Meeting on March 7th in Riverside and voice your support of Commissioner Richards. Tell them that since he did nothing wrong, removing him would be unfair.

    Details of the next meeting can be found at:
    http://www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2012/030712agd.pdf

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    Dan Richards under fire for mountain lion kill.

    Ethics complaint filed against Upland man, a state wildlife official, who shot mountain lion

    San Jose Mercury News dailybulletin.com
    Created: 03/04/2012 01:56:03 PM PST




    Already under fire for shooting a mountain lion, the president of California's Fish and Game Commission has been hit with another setback: a formal ethics complaint alleging he violated state law.
    The complaint, filed with the California Fair Political Practices Commission, accuses Upland resident and big game hunter Dan Richards of accepting a gift valued at $6,800 from the Flying B Ranch in northern Idaho when the ranch allowed him to shoot a mountain lion on its property in January without paying the full fee charged to other guests who go on guided lion hunts.
    The complaint, filed by Kathy Bowler, the former executive director of the California Democratic Party, cites a state law that limits gifts to elected officials and members of state commissions to no more than $420 a year and requires such gifts to be reported within 30 days.
    The state Fish and Game Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at The Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave. in Riverside.
    Richards has not spoken with major media outlets since a photo of him holding the dead lion appeared in Western Outdoor News several weeks ago, prompting calls from animal welfare groups, 40 Democratic Assembly members and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom that he resign. California voters banned the hunting of mountain lions for sport in 1990 when they passed Proposition 117. Critics have said that Richards, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, ignored the will of voters and

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    showed bad judgment. Under state law, he can be removed from the five-member commission with a majority vote of the Legislature, a move that could come soon.
    Richards - who ran unsuccessfully for governor in the 2003 recall election, winning 383 votes - spoke for the first time publicly Thursday about the incident when he appeared on the "John and Ken Show," a conservative talk show on KFI radio in Los Angeles.
    He staunchly defended the hunt, saying it was legal in Idaho and that he has no plans to resign. He blamed the controversy on the Humane Society of the United States and other animal welfare and environmental groups that have sent the photo to their members and called for his ouster.
    "We have a very aggressive, well-organized, well-funded, what I call the enviro-terrorists," Richards said. "They are constantly trying to shut down fishing and hunting and anything associated with it in the state. They are a pretty well-oiled machine."
    In an interview earlier last week, Joseph Peterson, Richards' hunting guide on the trip, said that Richards visited the ranch to hunt pheasants. But Peterson said he asked him to help kill one of several lions that were eating too many deer on the 5,000-acre hunting ranch. After Richards agreed, he was not charged the normal $6,800 fee that others are charged for lion hunting.
    "He killed the cat as a favor to me," Peterson said.
    The outcome of the case could have broad ramifications for California wildlife policy.
    If Richards is removed and Gov. Jerry Brown gets to appoint a new commissioner, environmentalists could gain a 3-2 majority on the commission - which has broad authority to set hunting and fishing rules as well as decide which species to protect under the state's Endangered Species Act.
    Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said last week that his organization does not want to ban all hunting, but opposes "chasing mountain lions with packs of dogs and shooting them from trees."
    "This is a controversy entirely of Richards' own making. It continues to spiral because of his intemperate and reckless comments," Pacelle said.
    "He claims he had a legal hunt in Idaho, but he handled this in a way that apparently violated California's ethics rules by accepting a $6,800 gift from a hunting guide."
    On Thursday's radio show, Richards said Newsom is calling for him to resign because he wants his father, William Newsom, a retired state appeals court judge, to be named by the governor to the commission.
    Richards also spoke about eating mountain lion on the trip. Peterson, the guide, said that while he ate parts of the lion that Richards shot, Richards ate parts of another lion shot that week.
    "It doesn't taste like chicken. It's like a pork loin," Richards said on the radio show. "It's white meat, and it is pretty good. In frontier times it was a delicacy."
    On Wednesday, 11 state Republican lawmakers signed a letter calling on Richards, who was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008, to remain on the commission.
    But Thursday morning, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said it was time for Richards to go.
    "This guy has acted like a jackass," Steinberg told reporters. "When you hold a high public position, you have a responsibility to act with decorum, act with respect toward the office. What's he doing? You want to make your political point? Make your political point at some other stage of your life when you are not an appointee and serving under a governor."
    Richards dismissed those comments on the radio show. "Steinberg is a pretty quality act himself, so I'll let his actions speak for themselves," he said. Richards is a co-managing partner of Rancho Cucamonga-based Colonies Partners LP. The firm is the subject of an ongoing public corruption investigation in which four have been indicted. Richards has not been charged with any crimes.


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    Daniel Richards Response Letter

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