- Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer resigned this week after facing criticism for a recent hunting trip to Africa.
- Following his trip, he sent an email boasting about the hunt and sharing photos of dead animals.
- Fischer resigned on Monday in a letter to Idaho Gov. C.L. Butch Otter.
An Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner resigned this week after facing criticism for a recent hunting trip to Africa that he boasted about in an email to more than 100 people.
Blake Fischer shared photos of the hunt, posing with numerous animals he and his wife killed on a trip to Namibia.
The trip was his wife’s first to Africa, and in the email, obtained by local media, Fischer said she wanted to watch him hunt and “‘get a feel’ of Africa,” according to USA Today.
“So I shot a whole family of baboons. I think she got the idea quick.” the email read. “After we left all of the animals in Africa that were still alive we pretty happy we were on a plane headed home!”
One photo featured Fischer smiling as he posed with four dead baboons, KTVB reported.
Other animals killed include a giraffe, leopard, impala, sable antelope, waterbuck, kudu, warthog, gemsbok (oryx), and an eland.
Fischer resigned on Monday in a letter to Idaho Gov. C.L. Butch Otter.
In his letter of resignation, Fischer said his actions were out of character for him, but he still accepted the responsibility for what he did.
“I apologised to the hunters and anglers of Idaho who I was appointed to represent and I hope that my actions will not harm the integrity and ethic of the Idaho Fish & Game Department moving forward,” he wrote.
Fischer was first appointed to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in July 2014 and was reappointed in June 2018.
His resignation is effective immediately, according to the governor’s office.
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