'I shot a whole family of baboons': wildlife official's killing spree

Credit Idaho Governor's Office

Credit Idaho Governor's Office

"They killed a whole family, including small baboons, and I think that's revolting", former commissioner Keith Stonebraker told the Statesman.

But even worse is that Fisher serves on the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, making decisions that affect wildlife throughout the state - including decisions about hunting regulations for grizzly bears, wolves and other animals often killed as "trophies".

"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", Fischer wrote.

The Idaho Statement reports that in his emails, Mr Fischer, who killed the animals with a bow and arrow, captioned one image: "So I shot a whole family of baboons". "First day she wanted to watch me, and "get a feel" of Africa", Fischer said in the email.

"My reaction to the photo and accompanying text of you smiling and holding a "family" of primates you killed, dismays and disappoints me", Trevey said, according to KBOI.

Another photo shows Mr Fischer beaming widely as he poses next to a dead giraffe, while another shows him grinning over the corpse of a dead leopard.

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Fred Trevey, who was a Fish and Game commissioner from 2007 to 2015, wrote Fischer an email asking him to resign "to shield the commission as an institution and hunting as a legitimate tool of wildlife management from the harm that is sure to come". "Accordingly, I have accepted his resignation from the Idaho Fish and Game Commission".

Former commission member Fred Trevey also called on Fischer to resign, saying: 'Sportsmanlike behavior is the center pin to maintaining hunting as a socially acceptable activity'.

The message, along with the names of the commissioners who supported the call for Fischer's resignation, eventually reached Otter's attention. Butch Otter (R), said he and six other former commissioners agree with Trevey's response to "this potentially explosive issue", the Statesman reported. It says that hunters should "refrain from taking photographs of the kill and from vividly describing the kill within earshot of non-hunters". "I didn't do anything immoral", he added. "What bothers me is he's got the family there and a little baby baboon sitting there with blood all over it, kind of like in the mother's arms", Alder said.

Jon Hanian, a spokesman for the governor's office, told the Statesman that Otter is aware of the email.

Fischer did not immediately respond to HuffPost's requests for comment on Sunday. "You just don't do that".

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