Remove Daniel Walker from the position of President of California Fish and Game Commission

Purpose of This Petition: To force the removal of Daniel Richards as the President of the California Fish and Game Commission.

Being in a position of public trust, Richards abandoned that trust when he hunted and killed a mountain lion in Idaho for the perverse sport of it. He does not have any remorse and states he endured extreme environmental conditions to participate in this perverse sport, for which he paid over $6,000 to do so. 

The California Constitution established the Fish and Game Commission to provide for the delegation to the commission of powers relating to the protection and propagation of fish and game. Existing statutory law delegates to the commission the power to regulate the taking or possession of birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, and reptiles in accordance with prescribed laws. California’s statutory law entrusts all delegates with the responsibility to fulfill their public trust responsibilities to protect and manage the state’s fish and wildlife for their ecological values.

With the passage of California’s Proposition 117 in 1990, mountain lions became a specially protected species, making mountain lion hunting illegal in California. This status and other statutes prohibit the Department of Fish and Game from recommending a hunting season for lions, and it is illegal to take, injure, possess, transport, import, or sell any mountain lion or part of a mountain lion. Mountain lions may be killed only 1) if a depredation permit is issued to take a specific lion killing livestock or pets; 2) to preserve public safety; or 3) to protect listed bighorn sheep.

California State lawmaker Jared Huffman, a Democrat from San Rafael, CA and chairman of the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, said he may introduce a motion to remove Richards. Although I applaud Mr. Huffman's intentions, I have felt compelled to initiate this petition, directed to Governor Jerry Brown, for the purpose of requesting the immediate removal of Daniel Richards as the President of the California Fish and Game Commission.

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