UPDATE: Idaho’s Fish and Game commissioner Blake Fischer resigned Monday after facing backlash for sharing photos he took with animals he killed during an African hunting trip.
A Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game of Idaho who published photos of him with a family of baboons shot and killed during a recent trip to Africa, is receiving pressure to resign, according to local media published today.
Commissioner Blake Fischer, whose main function is to establish a conservation policy for the species and wildlife of animals in Idaho, sent in mid-September an email with 12 photos where he was proud to have killed several animals in Namibia .
The emails, sent to about 125 people, were obtained by CBS 2 News through the office of the Republican governor of Idaho, Butch Otter.
“The first day, my wife wanted to ‘get an idea’ of Africa,” Fisher wrote, “so I shot a whole family of baboons.”
“I shot a leopard. Supergenial, super lucky. The Leopard is one of the big 5; one of the 5 animals in Africa that will kill you before you can kill him. A cool and crazy animal, “he added.
To fire the mail, Fisher wrote: “After leaving all the animals in Africa that were still alive, we are very happy to be on a plane heading home!”.
Fischer also boasted of shooting other animals, including a giraffe and an impala. The commissioner since then defended his actions, arguing that nothing he did was illegal.
The images received a quick reaction, as happened in 2015 when dentist Walter Palmer paid $ 50,000 for killing the emblematic lion Cecil in a national park in Zimbabwe, or the commotion caused by President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., when they published photos of their hunts in Africa during the 2016 election campaign.
The death of Cecil, on July 1, 2015, sparked an international controversy over the limits of the lucrative sport fighter, a vibrant industry in Zimbabwe, that attracts people from all over the world to turn wild animals into their trophies.
Frank Trevey, former Commissioner of Fishing and Hunting in Idaho, said of what happened with Fisher: “It’s hard for me to understand how a privileged person to be an Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner can see this action as a sport and an example for others.” EFE