An Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner has faced severe criticism after sharing photos of himself posing with a family of baboons, including little babies, he killed while on a hunting expedition in Africa recently.
According to the Idaho Statesman, Blake Fischer and his wife shot at least 14 animals while on safari in Nambia. The public backlash has 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.
“So I shot a whole family of baboons,” Fischer wrote under a photo posing with the dead animals.
Fischer responded to criticism stating he didn’t do anything illegal, however pressure continues to mount for him to resign. In one of the most disturbing photos is Fischer smiling behind the four dead baboons propped up to sit, with the blood of one of the baby baboons that had been shot in the chest. The family was killed using bows and arrows.
“They killed a whole family, including small baboons, and I think that’s revolting. It puts a bad light on us,” stated a former commissioner.
Fischer’s position as a commissioner involves making policy concerning Idaho’s wildlife as it often manages game population through hunting and fishing regulations. Regulations are intended to uphold ethical policies as to wildlife including recent federal challenges in court as to wolf and grizzly bear hunting.
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has seven members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. This would be Fischer’s second term in office, however he still needs Senate confirmation.
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