Fish and Game commissioner in Idaho resigns after sharing photo of dead baboons
A Fish and Game Commission member in Idaho who boasted of killing a family of baboons and shared a photo of the dead animals has resigned.
Blake Fischer admitted in a letter to the governor that he used poor judgment regarding a hunt "in which I did not display an appropriate level of sportsmanship and respect for the animals I harvested."
"While these actions were out of character for me, I fully accept responsibility and feel it is best for the citizens of Idaho and sportsmen and women that I resign my post," he wrote to Gov. Butch Otter.
Fischer faced pressure to resign after emailing photos of his Africa hunting exploits to at least 100 people. He was also seen posing with a dead giraffe and a dead leopard.
"So I shot a whole family of baboons," he wrote in the email.
He initially defended his actions by saying he did nothing illegal, but former Fish and Game commissioners criticized the photos. Fred Trevey urged Fischer to resign and Keith Stonebraker said that the hunter's behavior was "revolting," according to the Idaho Statesman.
Fischer submitted his resignation in an email to the governor's office on Monday. Gov. Otter said he has accepted his resignation.
“I have high expectations and standards for every appointee in state government,” he said. “Every member of my administration is expected to exercise good judgment. Commissioner Fischer did not."
Fischer was appointed to the commission in July of 2014 and was reappointed earlier this year.
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