Idaho Commissioner Under Fire for Hunting ‘Family of Baboons’
Blake Fischer, the Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner is under fire after he shared photos of his guided hunting trip in Africa. According to the Idaho Statesman, the photos included Fischer posing with game including a "giraffe, leopard, impala, sable antelope, waterbuck, kudo, warthog, gemsbok (oryx) and eland." The photo that's causing the biggest stir, however, is one of Fischer posing with a family of baboons.
The photos were shared by Fischer himself to more than 100 friends and colleagues. Instead of praising his hunting "success," former commissioners are, according to the Statesman, "are pushing for his resignation."
Former commissioner, Fred Trevey, said in an email to Fischer (obtained by the Statesman through a public records request), "I'm sure what you did was legal, however, legal does not make it right [...] Sportsmanlike behavior is the center pin to maintaining hunting as a socially acceptable activity."
Fischer told the Statesman that hunting Baboons in Namibia is "free," and these photos are "normal hunting photos."
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