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Wildlife Officer Brags About Killing Entire Family Of Baboons

"So I shot a whole family of baboons."

Update: After public outcry, Idaho Governor C.L. Otter asked for Blake Fischer's resignation from his position as Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner. “I have high expectations and standards for every appointee in state government,” said Governor Otter said. “Every member of my administration is expected to exercise good judgment. Commissioner Fischer did not.” Fischer resigned and apologized. 

An entire family of baboons was just killed by someone who has a lot of power over the ethics of hunting here in the U.S. 

Even hunters were appalled by what Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer did on a hunting trip to Africa, after he came back home and sent around an email bragging about it. 

Fischer returned from his trip and sent an email to over 100 of his friends and colleagues sharing photographs of his kills — and many of Fischer’s connections (even those who are hunters themselves) were shocked.

According to Fischer's email, his wife wanted him to watch him hunt as soon as they arrived in Africa. "So I shot a whole family of baboons," he wrote, captioning a photograph of the dead baboon family. "I think she got the idea quick.” Fischer is shown posing over them, grinning. A baby baboon was collapsed in an adult baboon’s lap. 

Many people are now saying that Fischer should resign. 

“I don’t know how you can say anything good about a photo of a guy smiling with a stack of dead baboons with a baby in front,” Keith Carlson, a former Fish and Game commissioner, told the Idaho Statesman. “And I’m a hunter — I’ve been a hunter forever.”

“I’m sure what you did was legal, however, legal does not make it right,” Fred Trevey, who was a Fish and Game commissioner from 2007 to 2015, wrote to Fischer in an email obtained by the Idaho Statesman

“They killed a whole family, including small baboons, and I think that’s revolting,” Keith Stonebraker, another former commissioner, said, calling for a public apology.

Fischer and his wife killed 14 animals on their trophy hunting trip, including a leopard and giraffe, as well as the family of baboons. Given that people within pro-hunting circles are disturbed by the killing of the baboon family, it is unsurprising that animal welfare groups are taking a strong stance against Fischer remaining in his role as commissioner, since he sees no problem with what he did. 

“Slaughtering a family of baboons, including a baby baboon, and boasting of his conquest with photos is morally reprehensible,” Kitty Block, acting president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and president and CEO of Humane Society International (HSI), told The Dodo. “The Fish and Game Commission is entrusted with making decisions about managing wildlife in Idaho, but no one who displays such a reckless disregard for wildlife should be in such a position — we urge his swift resignation or removal.”

Baboons are known for being capable of bonding very closely with their friends and families — they typically live together their entire lives. Sadly, this family also died together.

“I didn’t do anything illegal. I didn’t do anything unethical. I didn’t do anything immoral,” Fischer said

Idaho Fish and Game did not immediately reply to The Dodo’s request for comment.

You can contact the people at Idaho Fish and Game and tell them what you think. You can also help protect animals by making a donation to HSI.