An animal rights activist in Idaho has resigned amid a public outcry over his photos of dead animals killed during a hunting trip in Africa.
Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer has apologized for the pictures.
A photo of him smiling while holding a family of dead baboons, including a bloodstained baby, caused the greatest outrage among colleagues and the Internet.
Governor CL Otter said he requested Mr. Fischer's resignation because he has "no good judgment"
The Governor said in a press release, "I have high expectations and standards for every official appointed in the state government. Every member of my administration is expected to show good judgment, not Commissioner Fischer. "
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In September, Mr. Fisher sent his colleague several photos of his killings in Namibia. This hunting trip was supposedly legal.
Among the pictures were photos of Mr. Fischer, who smiled over a family of dead baboons, a giraffe, an antelope and a leopard.
Local media reports that Mr. Fischer eulogized his hunts and said his wife "wanted to feel Africa," so I shot a whole family of baboons. I think she quickly understood the idea.
With the photo of the leopard he allegedly wrote: "I shot a leopard, super cool, super lucky."
After the e-mail went round, several former fish and game commissioners called for Mr. Fischer
According to the statesman of Idaho, who broke the story, ex-commissioner Fred Trevey said in an e-mail Mr. Fischer: "I'm sure you were legal, but legally it does not do it right."
"Sporting behavior is at the core of maintaining hunting as a socially acceptable activity," said Trevey, adding that the Actions by Fischer startled and disappointed him.
Another ex-commissioner told the newspaper that killing a whole family of animals was "outrageous".
In his letter of resignation, sent to the governor of Mr. Fischer apologized to his fellow hunters and anglers.
"I've recently had some bad judgments that have led to sharing photos of a hunt that did not show the proper level of sportiness and respect for the animals I harvested," wrote CBS News.
"During these actions untypical for me, I take full responsibility."
The officials are appointed by the governor and are unpaid posts.
Mr. Fischer would have been in the role until June 2022. The governor's office said that the process of finding his successor began.
The uproar over Mr. Fischer's photos is the last backlash against US trophy hunters.
Perhaps The most famous case of recent years was the lion Cecil, who was killed in 201