Californian Ousted From Leadership After Idaho Hunt: 'There's Evil in Their Subterfuge'

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Dan Richards posted this photo after killing a mountain lion in Idaho in February.
  • Western Outdoor News
  • Dan Richards posted this photo after killing a mountain lion in Idaho in February.

A California man who was stripped of the president's post on the California Fish and Game Commission, says he was the target of what he calls "environ-terrorists," after killing a mountain lion in Idaho.

In an inteview with the Austin American-Statesman, 60-year-old Dan Richards recounted his February hunting trip to the Gem State, which he said was legal. But his critics focused on the diferences between Idaho and California, where it's illegal to kill mountain lions.

"This isn't about the mountain lion," said Richards. "It's about me taking on the enviro-terrorists. They want to take over this [fish and game] department, and it's anything they can do to [achieve that]."

But Richard's fellow commissioners disagreed, removing him as president of the group, although he remains a member until his six-year term expires in 2013.

"There is evil in their subterfuge," said Richards. "They are chipping away at the sporting community's rights, and I'm not afraid to challenge them on it."

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