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

Christopher Davidson
October 16, 2018

Fischer and his wife shot at least 14 animals in Namibia, according to the Idaho Statesman.

Fischer emailed photos of himself posing with a dead baboon family - including a baby - as well as a giraffe, a leopard, and other animals he killed on a recent trip to Namibia.

Jon Hanin, Otter's communications director, told HuffPost in an email on Sunday that "the governor is concerned and that this office is actively looking into the matter".

Blake Fischer reportedly sent photos to friends and co-workers from his hunting trip in Africa, which included a picture of him standing over a "family of baboons" he killed.

Fischer's emails, obtained by KBOI through Governor Butch Otter's office, include photos of a giraffe, leopard, impala, antelope and waterbuck Fischer killed. "I didn't do anything immoral", Fischer told the paper.

Former commission member Fred Trevey called on Fischer to resign.

However, Blake has defended his actions when he said: "I didn't do anything illegal. I didn't do anything immoral".

Most of the photos were posed as standard big game hunting photos of the kind often seen in Idaho with deer, elk and mountain lions.

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But the controversial picture causing some to question Fischer's judgment is him smiling next to the four dead baboons.

A United States wildlife official is facing calls to resign after photographs of him posing with a family of baboons that he killed with a bow and arrow while on holiday in Africa were made public.

Former Commission member Keith Stonebraker told the newspaper that Mr Fischer should apologise for his actions. "First day she wanted to watch me, and "get a feel" of Africa", Fischer said in the email. "It just puts a bad light on us". ". I look at the way Idaho's Fish and Game statute says we're supposed to manage all animals for Idaho, and any surplus of animals we have we manage through hunting, fishing and trapping".

Those regulations are meant to require ethical behavior in the pursuit of wildlife.

Meanwhile, Idaho hunting policies, such as that of wolves and grizzly bears, have often been challenged in the federal courts.

Fischer was appointed to his post in 2014 and, according to the Statesman, re-appointed this year to a term ending in 2022.

Another former commissioner also condemned the photo and said Fischer should apologize.

"Sportsmanlike behaviour is the centre pin to maintaining hunting as a socially acceptable activity", he wrote in an email obtained by the newspaper through a public records request.

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