An Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner who came under fire in recent days after a distasteful photo of him with a dead “family of baboons” surfaced resigned today after the governor requested it.
“I have high expectations and standards for every appointee in state government,” said Governor Butch Otter in a press release out this afternoon. “Every member of my administration is expected to exercise good judgment. Commissioner (Blake) Fischer did not. Accordingly, I have accepted his resignation from the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.”
I caught wind of this story just as I was getting ready to leave for Deer Camp in North-central Washington and it festered in my mind all weekend.
Essentially, Fischer went on an African safari with his wife and started off by killing four baboons and posing with them, then moved on to a giraffe as well as more traditionally hunted animals.
After he shared pictures and details of the trip with 100 others, the Idaho Statesman caught wind and asked him about it.
According to a report, Fischer initially defended his actions, saying, “I didn’t do anything illegal. I didn’t do anything unethical. I didn’t do anything immoral.”
In his resignation letter Fischer states, “I recently made some poor judgments that resulted in sharing photos of a hunt in which I did not display an appropriate level of sportsmanship and respect for the animals I harvested.”
Last month I did a big article about how relatively few Washington fish and wildlife overseers hunt, so it bothers me to see an actual hunter on a game commission behave this way.
We all have done and will continue to do stupid things, but this is a self-inflicted wound that didn’t need to happen.
Fischer needed to go, and now he has.