California Fish and Game Commission President Dan Richards’ job is safe, thanks to an intense lobbying campaign coordinated by the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance.
Assemblymember Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) has dropped his effort to remove Richards from his seat on the Commission.
The campaign in support of Richards included a grassroots barrage of letters from concerned outdoorsmen sent to state assembly representatives.
It appears the assembly’s attempt to unjustly remove Richards from office was met with far more public resistance than the original incident that brought him under scrutiny in the first place!
This “incident” was a legal hunt in Idaho on which Richards successfully bagged a mountain lion. Mountain lions are a protected species in California.
Richards’ six-year term on the Commission ends in January 2013. However, even though his job is safe for now, Assemblymember Hueso and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles) have changed tactics to instead work on introducing legislation which would “improve the standards and practices of the California Fish and Game Commission.”
Among other things, the bill will reportedly include a revised conflict-of-interest code for commissioners.
COHA will be watching this legislation carefully to insure it doesn’t unfairly target future commission candidates who may hunt and fish.
“Wild Justice” returns
“Wild Justice,” the popular television reality series that showcases wildlife crime fighting in California, began its second season last week and continues this Sunday night. The next episode of the season will air at 9 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel.
Department of Fish and Game wardens worked with National Geographic video crews throughout the year to produce one of the network’s highest-rated shows ever. Each week, camera crews accompany California game wardens on patrol, working everything from poaching investigations involving deer, wild pigs and abalone to illegal drug use/possession, stolen vehicles and illegal marijuana cultivation.
The vast majority of California hunters and anglers are engaged in lawful, ethical outdoor recreation. Legitimate hunters and anglers have contributed to the majority of the fish and wildlife conservation efforts in California for more than 100 years.
Although the show focuses on the very small percentage who break the law, the series also recognizes hunters and anglers who practice responsible conservation of the fish and wildlife populations, and their habitats.
The producers of the show, Original Productions, also produce the hit series “Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers” and “Axemen,” among others.
Their intensive style of production puts the viewer in the middle of the action as wardens conduct investigations of every sort. They even attached cameras to the collars of warden K9s to get a viewpoint unlike any other.
For more information, see the National Geographic Channel’s “Wild Justice” website, natgeotv.com/wildjustice
Guy Carl is a CPA and partner with BDCo Accountants and Advisors in St. Helena (www.bdcocpa.com). Contact Guy at GC.email@example.com