Idaho wildlife commissioner faces backlash for photos of African hunting trip

Elias Hubbard
October 16, 2018

An Idaho Fish and Game Commission member is being criticized by some after he shared photos of himself posing with a family of baboons, including young baboons, he killed while hunting in Africa.

In the email Mr Fischer joked that his wife wanted "to get a feel of Africa, so I shot a whole family of baboons".

Former Fish and Game Commissioner Fred Trevey told Fischer in an email that he should resign "to shield the commission as an institution and hunting as a legitimate tool of wildlife management from the harm that is sure to come", according to The Statesman. Former commissioner Tony McDermott (2005-13) emailed a member of Gov. Butch Otter (R), said he and six other former commissioners agree with Trevey's response to "this potentially explosive issue", the Statesman reported.

Fischer proudly sent out many other pictures from his trophy hunting trip to Namibia with his wife, showing that the pair gunned down at least 14 animals, including a leopard, a giraffe, an impala, a sable antelope, a waterbuck, a kudu, a warthog, a gemsbok, and an eland. Among them were pictures of Mr Fischer with a dead giraffe, a dead leopard and the family of slaughtered primates, including the bloodstained body of a baby baboon. "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.

Mr Stonebraker said: "They killed a whole family, including small baboons, and I think that's revolting. We don't want to put out to the public and many of us wouldn't even do this in the first place".

"I didn't do anything illegal". Commissioner Fischer did not. Fischer's resignation letter was submitted via e-mail to the Governor's Office late this afternoon.

Recent social media posts by the IDFG, unrelated to Fischer or his position, have received messages calling for Fischer's resignation. I didn't do anything unethical.

The commission Blake serves on makes policy decisions concerning Idaho's wildlife, and it often manages game populations through hunting and fishing regulations. "Africa does the same thing".

Idaho Fish and Game could not be reached for comment.

Jon Hanin, Otter's communications director, told HuffPost in an email on Sunday that "the governor is concerned and that this office is actively looking into the matter".

Hanian told the Idaho State Journal he would not speculate on Fischer's employment status.

A wildlife official is facing backlash after boasting the number of animals he's shot and killed while hunting. "You just don't do that".

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