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Assembly takes a stand against Trophy killer

Chicken Corner would like to thank Gil Cedillo. Our Assemblyman stepped up Friday and joined 40 California Assembly members who asked Cali Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards to step down -- after the commissioner shot a mountain lion in Idaho and bragged about it all over the place.

Apparently, the Fish and Game President "traveled outside of California, hired guides, and used a pack of dogs to chase and kill a mountain lion -- an animal whose protection has twice been approved by California voters -- and then posted a photo of himself with the dead lion on the internet," according to Echo Park Animal Rights Activist B.J. Hollifield.

The trophy pic also appeared in Western Outdoor News.

Care2's Petition Site already has 3327 signatures demanding that Richards, a real estate developer, clear out of his office. The signature goal was 1,000.

Which is not to say Richards feels badly about the killing the animal.

Western Outdoor News reported:

Asked about California's mountain lion moratorium, Richards didn't hesitate. 'I'm glad it's legal in Idaho.'"

Chicken Corner wonders what an active member of the National Rifle Association is doing in the highest office at the California Fish and Game Commission. ... Never mind, I know what he's there for -- to remove its teeth, shoot it, and hang the commission over his double wide mantelpiece. But who let him in?

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