Fish and Game official says mountain lion tasted like pork loin
The head of the California Fish and Game Commission, under fire for killing a mountain lion during a hunting trip in Idaho, blasted his critics Thursday as “environmental terrorists" and dismissed demands by Democratic state lawmakers for him to resign.
Commission President Daniel W. Richards, of Upland, appearing on KFI’s John and Ken Show, focused the brunt of his criticism on the Humane Society of the United States and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who have called for his ouster, The Times' PolitiCal blog reported.
He also told listeners the cat didn't go to waste.
During his KFI interview, Richards discussed the lion hunt at the Flying B Ranch in northern Idaho and said he ate meat from the big cat after the hunting trip -– rebutting earlier criticism that mountain lions are hunted for trophies, not for their meat.
“It’s like a pork loin. It’s white meat and it’s really good," Richards said. “In frontier times, it was a delicacy.”
He also accused Newsom of lobbying to have his father appointed to the commission, implying that may be one of the underlying motives for his criticism.
Richards opened himself up for an onslaught of attacks from opponents, including the Humane Society and Democratic politicians galled by his bold defense.
-- Phil Willon in Riverside and Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento
Photo: A picture of Daniel W. Richards appeared on the website of Western Outdoor News, which quoted him as saying he'd shot a mountain lion and that "I'm glad it's legal in Idaho." Credit: Courtesy Western Outdoor News