Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Resigns Over Photos of Animals He Killed

While he was vacationing in Africa, Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer did a lot of shooting. Not with a camera, unfortunately, but with a rifle and bow.

Fischer and his wife slaughtered over a dozen animals during Nambia’s trophy hunting season, including a giraffe, leopard, impala, sable antelope, waterbuck, kudu, warthog and, most disturbingly, a family of four baboons.

With a big smile on his face, Fischer proudly posed beside their carcasses—one baboon appears to be holding a baby—in photos of these and the other animals he killed. He emailed the horrible photos to about 125 people.

“Anyways, my wife and I went to Namibia for a week…first she wanted to watch me and ‘get a feel’ of Africa…so I shot a whole family of baboons,” Fischer callously wrote in the email. “I think she got the idea quick.”

After reading this and seeing the shocking photos, several outraged former Fish and Game commissioners fired off an email to Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, demanding that Fischer either resign or be fired.

Fischer quickly apologized—for sharing the photos, that is. He showed no remorse for killing all those animals.

“I didn’t do anything illegal. I didn’t do anything unethical. I didn’t do anything immoral,” he told the Idaho Statesman, which broke the story Oct. 12. “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. Africa does the same thing.”

In Idaho, the governor appoints seven Fish and Game commissioners to represent different regions. They administer the state’s fish and game policy, which states that, along with managing wildlife, these animals are to be “preserved, protected and perpetuated.” Fischer, whose eight-year term began in 2014, somehow failed to mention this part of the statute in his pathetic excuse.

“I’m sure what you did was legal, however, legal does not make it right,” Fred Trevey, a former Idaho Fish and Game commissioner, wrote to Fischer in an email obtained by the Idaho Statesman. “Sportsmanlike behavior is the center pin to maintaining hunting as a socially acceptable activity.”

The leader of a pro-hunting group also said what Fischer did was wrong and immoral. “I’ve had issues with him trying to monetize hunting, trying to encourage Idaho to get into trophy hunting and putting our game to the highest bidder,” Steve Alder, executive director of Idaho for Wildlife, told the Los Angeles Times.

Three days after the Idaho Statesman story was published, the governor fortunately did the right thing and told Fischer to resign.

“I have high expectations and standards for every appointee in state government,” Otter said in a statement. “Every member of my administration is expected to exercise good judgment. Commissioner Fischer did not.”

In his resignation letter, Fischer wrote that he “did not display an appropriate level of sportsmanship and respect for the animals I harvested.” That’s right, “harvested,” not “killed for sport and photo opportunities.”

Although some former commissioners, hunting advocates and constituents supported Fischer, encouraging him to “Stand strong” and “Keep your head up,” according to the New York Times, no one should have any sympathy for him losing his job. What’s truly tragic are the deaths of all those beautiful animals at the hands of a trophy hunter with no respect whatsoever for their lives.

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145 comments

Susan Fong
Susan Fong8 days ago

Blake Fischer should have been fired immediately without severance pay or benefits. But at least he is gone. He is a monster without a conscience who enjoys killing for the sake of killing. And he does so as a coward with long-range weapons.

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Pamela Standridge

I don’t understand how he lives with himself! I wish that he could experience first hand the fear, pain and agony that the beautiful animals felt as this barbarian stole their lives from them.
The attitudes that perpetuate this kind of selfish and backward thinking deserve condemnation. I am so proud of the many people who fearlessly and proudly stand up in defense of the helpless and defenseless.
Animals deserve respect and the opportunity to live out their lives without the fear of being slaughtered for some sick man or woman’s pleasure.
I agree with Karen Swenson who said, “I hope he never gets another job, other than cleaning toilets—he needs to have a job, relating to exactly what he is!”
Well said!

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Mark Donner
Mark Donner18 days ago

Don Z.. He shouldn't resign, eh? he was fired and he won't get another job which is a lot less than that murdering filth deserves. If you involved in this kind of criminal activity, you should join your child murdering buddy in a maximum security cell.

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Mark Donner
Mark Donner18 days ago

This fisher guy is a criminal. He should be in prison pr executed in an electric chair like Ted Bundy. I really want to see these "trophy hunters" receive justice.

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michela c
michela c18 days ago

Shame on that guy

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ed dvorscak
ed dvorscak20 days ago

Blake Fisher IS NOT the kind of individual to be heading any fish and game dept. anywhere. He certainly shows his disdain for wildlife.

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Karen Swenson
Karen Swenson21 days ago

@Don Z--When you post pictures of slaughtered endangered animals, I don't give a damn if it is legal or NOT, and then bragging about wiping out a family of defenseless Baboons, with a mother clutching and trying to protect her baby, don't expect people with an ounce of humanity and empathy to think this is "NO BIG DEAL!!" "IT'S, HO HUM, LEGAL!" . This excrement is supposed to preserve and protect wild-life, not murder them with a grin on his face and then brag about it. I hope he never gets another job, other than cleaning toilets--he needs to have a job, relating to exactly what he is!

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Joy T
Joy T22 days ago

Too bad someone can't hunt him! I prey he has NO children!

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Don Z
Don Z22 days ago

No laws were broken, no need to resign or apologize. End of story.

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Colin C
Colin C22 days ago

Anyone who kills wild animals is not a good person.

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