Idaho Fish & Game official comes under fire for bragging about his hunting trip in Africa - "So I shot a whole family of baboons"

Fischer and his wife shot at least 14 animals in Namibia, according to the photos and descriptions included in an email he sent to more than 100 recipients.


                            Idaho Fish & Game official comes under fire for bragging about his hunting trip in Africa - "So I shot a whole family of baboons"

An Idaho Fish and Game Commission member's hunting trip in Africa resulted in a severe backlash after he shared photos of himself with his trophies, which included a family of baboons with their young ones. Speaking to The Idaho Statesman on Friday, Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter's spokesman Jon Hanian asserted that the governor's office is currently looking into Commissioner Blake Fischer's notorious hunting spree.

According to photos and descriptions in an email, Fischer sent to more than 100 recipients, he mentioned shooting at least 14 animals in Namibia along with his wife. His trophies included a giraffe, leopard, impala, sable antelope, waterbuck, kudu, warthog, gemsbok (oryx) and eland, the Associated Press reports.



 

"I didn't do anything illegal. I didn't do anything unethical. I didn't do anything immoral," Fischer said. The snaps are taken in standard big game hunting style, similar to the kind seen in Idaho with mountain lions, eld, and deer.

That said, the most controversial image that caused many to question Fischer's judgment and ability to remain a commision member was one of him grinning ear to ear with four dead baboons staged in front of him, whom he killed using a bow and arrows. The smallest baboon in the photo had blood on its abdomen. In the emails, Fischer reportedly captioned the photo saying: "So I shot a whole family of baboons."

Speaking to the newspaper, Keith Stonebraker, a former commission member, said an apology by Fisher would satisfy him. "They killed a whole family, including small baboons, and I think that's revolting," Stonebraker said. "It just puts a bad light on us."

 

According to the Associated Press, the commission Fisher works for is responsible for drafting policy decisions concerning Idaho's wildlife as well as managing game populations via hunting and fishing regulations. An ethical behavior in the pursuit of wildlife is necessary for such regulations to be implemented. Quite a few of Idaho's policies have been challenged in federal courts, especially those on wolf and grizzly bear hunting.

While seven members were appointed by the governor to the commission and confirmed by the Senate, Fisher is yet to receive Senate confirmation after he was re-appointed this year. Nonetheless, former commission member Fred Trevey called for Fischer to resign in an email obtained by the newspaper through a public records request. "Sportsmanlike behavior is the center pin to maintaining hunting as a socially acceptable activity," he wrote.