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Wildlife official says he ate cougar that he shot
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/2/12 | Peter Fimrite, Marisa Lagos

Posted on 03/02/2012 7:30:19 AM PST by SmithL

A collective gulp was almost detectable this week when California Fish and Game Commission President Daniel Richards defiantly declared to outraged legislators that he not only gunned down a mountain lion and held the carcass like a trophy, but he then ate big cat for dinner.

The revelation that Richards complied with the backcountry rule that you eat what you shoot didn't do much to quiet calls in the Capitol for his head, but the perfectly legal shooting and consumption of puma meat certainly raised questions about his diet.

As odd and unappetizing as the dish may sound, it isn't unusual for hunters to consume cougar meat, according to hunting groups.

"Eating them is common. We serve it to our guests," said Joseph Peterson, the manager of the Flying B Ranch in Idaho, where Richards paid $6,800 for an all-inclusive, seven-day hunting expedition that resulted in the notorious photograph of him grinning and hugging the lion carcass.

"We save most of the lions we shoot," said Peterson, adding that catamount cutlets are milder and tastier than bear and horse meat, which he has also tried.

Richards, appointed to the commission in 2008 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, expounded on the subject Thursday, declaring filet of puma a culinary delight.

"It doesn't taste like chicken," he told conservative talk radio hosts John and Ken in Los Angeles. "The closest thing is pork loin. It's a white meat. It's really good, and actually in frontier times it was a delicacy because it's tough to bag one of them."

The photo of Richards first appeared in a Western Outdoor News blog after his January excursion - along with his quote, "I'm glad it's legal in Idaho"

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: California; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: cougar; danielrichards; fishandgame; hunting

1 posted on 03/02/2012 7:30:27 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL; jazusamo; george76; girlangler; Inyo-Mono
Good for him.

Hey, all, here's the follow-up to that mountain lion story of a week or two ago.

Ping!

2 posted on 03/02/2012 7:34:04 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: SmithL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Brh1V82LnA


3 posted on 03/02/2012 7:35:18 AM PST by patton (bad math joke omitted - this space for rent)
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To: SmithL

“Tastes like chicken!”


4 posted on 03/02/2012 7:36:04 AM PST by Cheapskate (Play loud and carry BIG sticks!)
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To: SmithL

Real men eat only beef. Plus they can have chicken for Sunday dinner. And venison. Cooked by their wives. I mean wife.


5 posted on 03/02/2012 7:37:30 AM PST by ngat
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To: SmithL
Hunters were who were saving the African wildlife.

Now that hunting has been kaboshed, the poachers are wiping them out.

Wildlife was a valuable resource when they brought in rich tourist hunters.

Now, not so much.

6 posted on 03/02/2012 7:37:44 AM PST by Joe the Pimpernel (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: SmithL

I’m no judge of the size of Mountain Lions but that looks like a pretty big one.


7 posted on 03/02/2012 7:38:00 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: SmithL
M-m-m-m. Cougar. Ahhhhhgggg . . .


8 posted on 03/02/2012 7:40:22 AM PST by Maceman (Liberals' only problem with American slavery is that the slaves were privately owned.)
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To: SmithL
The current administration illegally sold weapons to gun runners knowing that they would be used in crimes and in fact are known to have been used in hundreds of murders. Yet a person that goes on a hunting trip, that he paid for, is raked over the coals?

We live in bizarro world.

9 posted on 03/02/2012 7:44:42 AM PST by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: Impy; Perdogg; fieldmarshaldj
I did a double take when I read the headline.

“hunter”
“ate”
“cougar”

Sounds like a plot for a “film” that Georgetown slore could star in.

10 posted on 03/02/2012 7:45:35 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: SmithL
Why? I would think that mountain lion meat would be tough as leather.

Skin it and put it on the wall.

11 posted on 03/02/2012 7:46:59 AM PST by Carry_Okie (The RNC would prefer Obama to a conservative nominee.)
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To: Flycatcher; SmithL; george76; girlangler; Inyo-Mono

That doesn’t surprise me and like you say, “good for him.”

Some years back I was invited to a potluck type dinner of a large hunting group and their families in So OR. One of the meat dishes was cougar ham and it was not much different, if any, than regular ham. I liked it and so the wife.

I think the reason so many people turn their nose up at eating cougar is the thought of it, it’s just meat and not bad at all.

This whole thing is strictly political, the RATS in CA want to replace him with a Lib.

Thanks for the ping, Fly.


12 posted on 03/02/2012 7:51:04 AM PST by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Here in Alaska, lynx is considered a delicacy, well at least out in the rural areas; in Anchorage people only eat store bought foods. We have a couple local trappers and they have a waiting list for lynx carcasses for human consumption, no joke.


13 posted on 03/02/2012 7:57:02 AM PST by Eska
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To: GOPsterinMA

Uh, only when she gets much older....


14 posted on 03/02/2012 7:57:56 AM PST by wizr (If God isn't on your side, who is? Keep the Faith, no matter what.)
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To: SmithL

He offended the sensibilities of the liberals. That’s what going on here. Even though he was on a legal hunting trip, with a legal weapon, no laws of any kind broken, the liberals are offended that he would go hunting. And to add insult to injury, he ate the animal he hunted.

The liberals are outraged by this, so this man must be destroyed. It doesn’t matter that everything was perfectly legal in this case. That doesn’t matter when you offend the sensibilities of powerful liberals. The fact that they are offended is the only thing that matters.


15 posted on 03/02/2012 8:00:33 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: jazusamo

If you like Chinese food you’ve been eating cats for years.


16 posted on 03/02/2012 8:01:11 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: Eska

I believe you FRiend and thanks for relating it.


17 posted on 03/02/2012 8:02:25 AM PST by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Carry_Okie
I would think that mountain lion meat would be tough as leather.

You never noticed how lazy cats are? That's what makes meat tender.

18 posted on 03/02/2012 8:03:50 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: SmithL

I was happy when I didn’t know that.


19 posted on 03/02/2012 8:05:10 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: traderrob6

LOL!

I’ve loved Chinese food since I was a kid and have suspected that for many years.


20 posted on 03/02/2012 8:05:17 AM PST by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: wizr

She looks 40-ish now.


21 posted on 03/02/2012 8:06:00 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: SmithL

I know someone else who said he ate a cougar.....


22 posted on 03/02/2012 8:08:02 AM PST by njslim
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To: SmithL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01c2N2BIylk
23 posted on 03/02/2012 8:08:02 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: SmithL
Waste not - want not. Shouldn't the environmentalists be praising him?
24 posted on 03/02/2012 8:10:52 AM PST by 5thGenTexan
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To: SmithL

Who would want to eat a cat?


25 posted on 03/02/2012 8:14:28 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SmithL

My cat is fat, so now I’ll dine
And gobble up this cat of mine.
—Bernard Kliban


26 posted on 03/02/2012 8:21:48 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: SmithL

Tastes just like Chinese food.


27 posted on 03/02/2012 8:23:47 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: GeronL

28 posted on 03/02/2012 8:27:16 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: GeronL

If you will eat Racoon or Possum what’s a little cougar?


29 posted on 03/02/2012 8:34:54 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Fiji Hill

LOL!


30 posted on 03/02/2012 8:34:54 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: GOPsterinMA

LOL! Coffee on the keyboard. But, is she old enough to qualify for cougar status? I guess I don’t know the parameters for that classification.

Any way, serve it with some Manatee bites and some Eagle hot wings with a little Narwhal puree. Mmm mmm mmm mmm mmmm! Yummy


31 posted on 03/02/2012 8:46:28 AM PST by rktman
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To: SmithL
Whatever happened to shoot, saute and shut up? (or shoot, stir fry and shut up if you prefer bringing your kitty to the Peking Moon)
32 posted on 03/02/2012 8:47:43 AM PST by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Here is what all this is about.

“Escalating a battle between hunters and animal welfare groups — a conflict that could result in major changes to California’s endangered species and hunting policies — 40 Democratic state Assembly members Friday sent a letter to Dan Richards, president of the California Fish and Game Commission, demanding that he resign.”
(snip)
The controversy has prompted an outpouring of support for Richards from hunting and fishing groups, many of which see Richards as the most reliable vote for their issues.
(snip)
The stakes are high. The five-member commission not only decides which species to list as endangered, it also sets policies on everything from hunting to California’s new system of “marine protected areas,” which ban fishing in areas off the coast.
If Richards, who was appointed to the five-member commission by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, resigns or is removed from the panel, his replacement would be named by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. And that’s a move that for the first time could give the commission a majority of members who tend to support the priorities of environmental groups.
(snip)
“There’s a lot at stake,” said Jennifer Fearing, state director of the Humane Society of the United States.
Gaines, the hunting advocate, agreed.
“We’re very well aware that this is a key seat, as are the animal rights groups,” he said. “There’s only five votes, so if you get three, you win.”

http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_20041625?source=pkg


33 posted on 03/02/2012 8:53:15 AM PST by ansel12 (Newt Gingrich knows how to deconstruct Obama in a head to head race, and that is what it will take.)
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To: njslim

LOL!! Aye yi yi


34 posted on 03/02/2012 9:02:25 AM PST by abigailsmybaby ("To understan' the livin', you got ta commune wit' da dead." Minerva)
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To: rktman; Impy; Perdogg
Thanks! :)

This Georgetown slore (slut + whore), for ~30 years old, isn't aging well at all (see Lindsay Lohan for another example). The chosen lifestyle of a sperm dumpster does take a toll.

Typically “Cougar” is reserved for a woman of 40+ years of age, but again, since this slore is giving a standard prune a run for it's money in terms of appearance, she can get fastracked to “Cougar” status.

I like your endangered buffet choices...although, if caught with those creatures, would lead to more jail time than Charles Manson.

35 posted on 03/02/2012 9:02:53 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: Navy Patriot
You never noticed how lazy cats are?

In the wild no, and especially bobcats and mountain lions.

36 posted on 03/02/2012 9:13:21 AM PST by Carry_Okie (The RNC would prefer Obama to a conservative nominee.)
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To: SmithL

“Wildlife official says he ate cougar that he shot”

So what...


37 posted on 03/02/2012 9:30:13 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: SmithL

I was walking along a trail in the woods when I saw a mountain lion on a branch that was hanging over the trail.

“Are you going to pounce on me if I walk under that branch?” I asked him.

“Nope”, he replied, “Just looking for walnuts.”

Mountain lions are such liars. It was a ponderosa pine tree. 300 stitches.


38 posted on 03/02/2012 9:49:01 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SmithL

This version of the story seems to have hit every possible pejorative.
“Gunned down” indeed.

It is also clearly biased despite it’s token “Balance”.

The professor cited is an ass, he clearly selectively chose his studies.
Not that long ago a local sheepherder lost over sixty penned sheep overnight.
A Cougar killed them but did not eat them, only lapping at the blood.
Game department figures it was an old cat, no longer capable of bringing down deer.

Lots of domestic pets fall prey to the old cats (and occasionally a young one), they are easy to kill since they do not know the cat is dangerous.
The depredation continues until the cat is killed, they have no natural enemy to control their number except man and old age.
When a young cat gets into the habit of taking domestic animals the toll may last for a decade or more.

Hounds are the traditional method to hunt the big cats, without them virtually no one would be successful, they are too fast and stealthy.

Hounds live to hunt cats and bears, it’s what they were bred for.

Beagles are also hounds, but primarily used to hunt rabbits.

I guess only Bloodhounds are acceptable to the Eco-Nazis, since they are also used to hunt men.


39 posted on 03/02/2012 10:23:20 AM PST by Loyal Sedition
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To: SmithL

Too bad the cougar didn’t eat him. Hunting is only a sport when the hunter and hunted are equals and have the same weapons and skills.


40 posted on 03/02/2012 10:45:46 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Flycatcher; jazusamo

Thanks for the ping Flycatcher.

The Humane Society of the U.S. wants to get him out of office so the liberal governor can appoint an anti hunter to use hunters’ dollars to end hunting. It’s disgusting.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, other big movers and shakers in the hunting/shooting industry are coming to his defense.

Gotta go now but need to tell you about my Sharp-Shinned Hawk encounter recently.


41 posted on 03/02/2012 10:50:33 AM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: Flycatcher; jazusamo

Thanks for the ping Flycatcher.

The Humane Society of the U.S. wants to get him out of office so the liberal governor can appoint an anti hunter to use hunters’ dollars to end hunting. It’s disgusting.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, other big movers and shakers in the hunting/shooting industry are coming to his defense.

Gotta go now but need to tell you about my Sharp-Shinned Hawk encounter recently.


42 posted on 03/02/2012 11:19:31 AM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: girlangler
Gotta go now but need to tell you about my Sharp-Shinned Hawk encounter recently.

Can't wait to hear it. Lol!

43 posted on 03/02/2012 11:27:01 AM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: SmithL
A collective gulp was almost detectable this week when California Fish and Game Commission President Daniel Richards defiantly declared to outraged legislators that he not only gunned down a mountain lion and held the carcass like a trophy, but he then ate big cat for dinner.

A one-sentence, succinct little picture of the VAST GULF between the anti-everything-good-and-decent Left and normal people. People like the "gulpers" above hate gun owners, hunters, and people who produce and eat their own food, especially their own meat. These "gulpers" are an enemy within, and are the reason we WILL have a Second Civil War.

44 posted on 03/02/2012 11:42:05 AM PST by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: Navy Patriot
My dog must be as tender as Kobe beef. He puts in more time sleeping than the cats.

Hmmm...

45 posted on 03/02/2012 7:07:24 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa
My dog must be as tender as Kobe beef. He puts in more time sleeping than the cats.

Hmmm...

Reminds me of my days in Vietnam...

46 posted on 03/03/2012 8:17:21 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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