Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
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Idaho Fish and Game commissioner resigns following outrage over 'nauseating' hunting photos

Idaho Fish and Game commissioner resigns following outrage over 'nauseating' hunting photos

Given that people within pro-hunting circles are disturbed by the killing of the baboon family, it is unsurprising that animal welfare groups are taking a strong stance against Fischer remaining in his role as commissioner, since he sees no problem with what he did.

Fischer and his wife shot at least 14 animals in Namibia, according to the Idaho Statesman.

"Fellas", Fischer wrote in the September 17 email, according to the Idaho State Journal, "I have been back for a week, but have been hunting and trying to get caught up".

Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter announced Monday afternoon that he asked for and received the resignation from Fischer, who was under intense criticism for the graphic photos from last month. "I didn't do anything immoral".

"Baboons are free", he told the newspaper.

Numerous images show the animals posed in a stereotypical African game hunting style, with one caption reading: "So I shot a whole family of baboons". "Accordingly, I have accepted his resignation from the Idaho Fish and Game Commission". "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.

"My reaction to the photo and accompanying text of you smiling and holding a "family" of primates you killed dismays and disappoints me", former commissioner Fred Trevey replied to Fischer's email with the photos.


Keith E. Carlson, another former commissioner who called for Fischer to resign, echoed a similar condemnation of the photo.

While claiming the photos were out of character, Fischer apologized and said he hoped the photos would "not harm the integrity and ethic" of the Idaho Fish and Game Department. "It just puts a bad light on us".

Fischer was criticized by former commissioners for sending the photos to them and others in a September 17 email.

It's a photograph that makes your stomach turn: Idaho wildlife officer Blake Fischer beams as he displays the lifeless bodies of an entire family of baboons, joyful at the massacre of the animals he has just brutally slain with a bow and arrow.

The commission has seven members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. 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.

In a lengthy email, Fred Trevey, who served as a commissioner for eight years, advised Fischer to "take responsibility and resign, sooner rather than later", the KBOI reported.

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