Idaho Fish and Game commissioner resigns after shooting family of baboons on hunt

An Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner has resigned amid severe criticism and public outrage after sharing photos of himself posing with a family of dead baboons, including little babies he killed while on a hunting expedition in Africa recently. Blake Fischer posed, smiling in front of a disturbing family portrait of four baboons – the smallest one, a baby with its head bent backwards and blood coming out of its abdomen where it had been shot.

Fischer bragged about killing the baboons as a way of introducing his wife to trophy hunting; stating in one of the emails he sent to friends:

“First day she wanted to watch me, and ‘get a feel’ of Africa. So I shot a whole family of baboons. I think she got the idea quick… After we left all of the animals in Africa that were still alive we [sic] pretty happy we were on a plane headed home.”

According to the Idaho Statesman, Blake Fischer and his wife shot at least 14 animals while on safari in Nambia. The public backlash prompted Governor C.L. ‘Butch’ Otter’s office to look into the situation as Fischer’s judgment has been called into question. In addition to killing the family of baboons, he and his wife also killed a giraffe, leopard, impala, sable antelope, waterbuck, kudu, warthog, gemsbok and eland.

Governor C.L. ‘Butch” Otter had asked for Fischer’s resignation. According to CNN, the governor stated Fischer had not exercised good judgment. Former Commissioner Fred Trovey  criticized Fischer as having violated hunting ethics describing the kill in such an egregious manner. At least seven other commissioners shared their concerns.

“I have high expectations and standards for every appointee in state government. Every member of my administration is expected to exercise good judgment. Commissioner Fischer did not,” Governor Otter wrote.

Fischer admitted he indeed had not displayed “an appropriate level of sportsmanship and respect for the animals…” He has since apologized.

And although it is legal to hunt baboons in Africa, that doesn’t make it right. In addition, it is regarded as poor judgment for hunters to photograph and vividly describe their dead trophy animals within the scope of people who do not hunt. What can anyone say – even a hunter – about someone like Fischer smiling in front of a dead family of baboons including a small baby baboon? How about the animals that are becoming endangered? Will Fischer be hunting them too?

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8 replies
  1. pennysdachshunds says:

    I am a Life Long Resident in a nearby State and I was SICKENED to The Very Depths of MY OWN SOUL at the BARBARIC, & NARCISSISTIC fashion Fischer “Bragged” Especially AT the Massacre of the Family of BABOONS’ & POSING OF THEIR BODIES AS IF IT WAS A FAMILY PHOTO!!!! This Bastard has What to be Some Very Serious Issues and for him to be in a manager position where HE has control over Elk, Bear, Wolves, Moose, and OTHER TROPHY Animals in OUR WESTERN UNITED STATES, Is He Making UNDER THE TABLE DEALS with OTHER SICKO TROPHY HUNTERS????? I applaud GOVERNOR OTTER and the OTHER OFFICAL’s in IDAHO for TAKING and INFORCING the DEPARTURE of This SCUM BAG IMMEDIATELY!!!!

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  2. Marianne says:

    I am still haunted by seeing the picture of the murdered baboon family…the baby with his head back still makes me break down in tears. And we wonder why the world is going to Hell in a handbasket…it is because rich, entitled people like him are allowed to destroy this planet and everything on it.

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  3. Jan Barnes says:

    Resignation is not nearly enough! Drop them into a pack of hungry wild animals! The animals deserve some “trophies”!

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  4. Bunny Peters says:

    Absolutely disgusting behavior. Agree that his actions demonstrated a complete lack of good judgment and a complete lack of compassion.

    Not sure what kind of job he is suited for, but he should NOT be in any position that deals with animals. He simply cannot be trusted to exercise good judgment…….

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  5. Mickey says:

    This is so sad for all the animals and awful behavior for the humans who killed them. I really think trophy hunting is disgusting, needs to be banned. I call it murder, and execution is appropriate.
    I supposed this man and his wife think they are God’s creatures. If there is a God, this man is an example of a huge mistake, a genetic flaw who is dangerous.

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  6. Lori says:

    If he is so tough he should be fighting along with our soldiers in Afghanistan. But this guy is just a coward picking on beings that cant fight back.

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