Mountain lion hunter's term on panel expiring
Time may accomplish what public outrage and political pressure could not: forcing Daniel W. Richards to step down from the California Fish and Game Commission.
Richards' term on the panel expires on Jan. 15.
Richards made headlines a year ago as commission president when a photo appeared on the Internet showing him grinning as he held up the carcass of a mountain lion he killed during a hunt in Idaho.
Although such kills are legal in Idaho, they have been banned in California for years. More than 40 California lawmakers signed a letter voicing outrage at Richards and demanding that he resign. They were backed by Sierra Club California and the head of the Humane Society of the United States.
Hunter groups and the National Rifle Association rallied behind Richards, who refused to step down. The GOP businessman was appointed in 2008 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Brown will be free in two weeks to name somebody new. Commissioners are allowed to serve until a replacement is appointed, but critics are hoping for swift action.
"Clearly it's time for him to go," the Humane Society's Jennifer Fearing said of Richards, who did not respond to calls for comment.
The Legislature convenes today for the first time in 2013, the Assembly at noon and the Senate at 2 p.m. An interfaith prayer service at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament marks the occasion. It starts at 9 a.m. at 1017 11th St., north of the Capitol. Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto hosts the service, which the Interfaith Council of Sacramento is sponsoring.
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