President Daniel W. Richards, of Upland, was appointed to the California Fish and Game Commission on February 14, 2008.
Along with being involved in many community activities, he is currently a Life Member of The Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep and the National Rifle Association. Daniel is also a supporting member of Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, and various other conservation organizations. He works closely with non-profit organizations in the Upland area to help them grow and find success, and has recently received the Leadership Award from the Foothill Family Shelter. Daniel enjoys fly fishing, hunting, and traveling with his family.
His term on the Commission expires January 15, 2013
Mountain lion hunting is legal in Idaho. But it has been illegal in California since 1972, when former Gov. Ronald Reagan first banned it in five-year increments, and then voters made the ban permanent with the passage of Proposition 117 in 1990.
In January Commissioner Dan Richards participated in a legal and successful hunt in Idaho for a Cougar (mountain lion), and his picture was printed in Western Outdoor News, where upon he immediately recieved calls for his resignation from politicians supporting anti-hunting groups.
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom is leading the call for the resignation of State Fish & Game Commission President Daniel Richards.
Newsome was quoted as saying, “While not in California at the time, your actions call into question whether you can live up to the calling of your office,” “As president of the commission, I am sure you understand that merely complying with the conservation laws of California is not the standard by which the Commission or its members are measured. As is stated on the Commission’s website, your actions should be in the ‘best interest of the resource and truly reflect(s) the wishes and needs of the people.’ “
BTW, Newsom’s father, Judge William Newsom, used to be the president of the Sacramento-based Mountain Lion Preservation Foundation. Newsome claims to have hunted cougar with a camera and a tranquilizer, claiming the animals walked away after none the worse for the episode.
Dozens of politicians, including Democratic Los Angeles State Senator Ted Leiu, have demanded Richards step down. “Commissioner Richards utterly fails to understand that he is not just a private citizen: He is the president of the California Fish and Game Commission, which is charged with managing the laws against the killing of mountain lions. ” Senator Leiu made even more ridiculous statements comparing Richards to a Drug Czar going into an area where pot smoking is legal and showing a picture of him smoking marijuana.
These are the rantings of A typical politicians wishing to gain notariety and “air time” or “Print space” and are obvious attacks to discredit a pro-hunter on the Fish and Game Commission.
Heading these protests against Commissioner Richards of course is the HSUS who have their representative Jennifer Fearing on the board of CalTip, the program for turning in poachers and offering rewards.
Of course supporting Mr. Richards is the Safari Club International who in a letter stated “Mr. Richards is an avid conservationist who strongly believes in and practices the wise use and management of natural resources… His removal from the Commission for engaging in a lawful activity in another State should not be contemplated.”
The question becomes who better to serve on the Fish & Game commission other than a hunter who understands the relationship of the wildlife and the balance of predator to prey.
Currently 40 of the 80 members of the Assembly are calling for Richards to resign. This could easily tip the balance of power on the Commission into the hands of anti-hunting extremists.
There is planned a protest by Mr. Richards oponents at the March 7th Commission meeting in Riverside, it is imperative that we hunters support Mr. richards and attend the same meeting. If this is not possible we must inundate gov Brown and Lt. Gov Newsome with emails condeming the removal attempts of Mr. Richards.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) — the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry — is encouraging sportsmen in the Golden State to:
A. Attend March 7 Commission meeting in Riverside, Calif., This meeting will take place at 8:30 am in the San Diego Room at the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, located at 3649 Mission Inn Avenue in Riverside, and speak in support of Commissioner Richards.
B. Contact your Assemblymember and Senator and tell them to support Commissioner Richards.