Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner resigns amid graphic baboon hunting photo controversy

Wildlife official who killed ‘whole family of baboons’ faces backlash calls for resignation

He said: "They killed a whole family, including small baboons, and I think that's revolting".

Update: Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer has resigned, effective immediately, after photos involving a dead baboon family surfaced from an African hunting trip.

Numerous images show the animals posed in a stereotypical African game hunting style, with one caption reading: "So I shot a whole family of baboons". "I get it - they're a weird animal".

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

More than 100 people were reportedly sent the email, which included details of each kill in the photos' captions. "We don't want to put out to the public and many of us wouldn't even do this in the first place".

In a lengthy email, Fred Trevey, who served as a commissioner for eight years, advised Fischer to "take responsibility and resign, sooner rather than later", the KBOI reported. "I have a hard time understanding how a person privileged to be an Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner can view such an action as sportsmanlike and an example to others".

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"My reaction to the photo and accompanying text of you smiling and holding a "family" of primates you killed dismays and disappoints me", former commissioner Fred Trevey replied to Fischer's email with the photos.

The message, along with the names of the commissioners who supported the call for Fischer's resignation, eventually reached Otter's attention. Please join PETA in calling for Fischer to be relieved of his position by contacting the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at 208-334-3700 or posting a comment on the department's Facebook page.

Butch Otter's assistant, Tony McDermott claimed at least seven ex-commissioners, including himself, shared Trevey's concerns and the belief that Fischer used "extremely poor judgment".

Keith Stonebraker, another former commission member, told the newspaper an apology by Fischer would satisfy him. I didn't do anything unethical. It says that hunters should "refrain from taking photographs of the kill and from vividly describing the kill within earshot of non-hunters".

Governor Otter said in a statement Monday, "Every member of my administration is expected to exercise good judgment".

"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. "You just don't do that".

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