President of our F&G Commission – Legal Hunting and Poaching
Saw another forum member post this up http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=526%3Amichael-sutton-fgc-president-calls-hunting-not-sustainable&Itemid=69Michael Sutton, FGC president, calls hunting not sustainable
From Outdoor News ServiceMichael Sutton, the president of the state Fish and Game Commission, in an online web conference organized by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) about poaching, said this week that California's wildlife face other threats in addition to poaching, saying he believed that legal hunting or harvesting of wildlife may cause greater overall problems.
"I actually believe legal hunting that's not sustainable may be a more pervasive problem in California," said Sutton during the web conference, according to a story on KCET's web site.
Sutton is president of the Commission that sets hunting and fishing seasons annually, and it would be the Commission's responsibility NOT to set any seasons that were NOT sustainable. So is Sutton saying the Department of Fish and Game is providing the Commission with scientific data that is flawed to maintain hunting? Is he saying no hunting seasons are sustainable? Does he believe that legal hunting is causing problems for populations of wildlife? What proof does he have? Or is he pandering to the Humane Society?
Sutton who is again facing serious conflict of interest charges (link of story) over his paid involvement in writing the statewide lead ammunition ban that passed the California legislature this past year dodged a similar complaint (link to story) over the Marine Life Protection Act in 2009, when an investigation suddenly and unexplainably was dropped.
Sportsmen need to call their state representative and demand that Sutton be removed from the Fish and Game Commission because of his clear anti-hunting bias and his ongoing conflict of interest that should have sent him packing years ago. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife staff, pointedly the director Chuck Bonham, needs to confront Sutton on his comments about which DFW recommended hunting program is detrimental to wildlife and ask him for the scientific data to back up those charges. I'm not holding my breath on Bonham doing anything but cowering, but sportsmen can and will start howling to their state legislators over this insanity.
I am alarmed by the comments. I have just written the Commission and particularly Mr. Sutton, asking for answers.
I did tell them in my message that I was specifically looking for a response, and that my message was not merely to be considered as a "comment'.
I requested his response.
I certainly think all concerned hunters and fishermen need to voice their concerns. If the anti hunting community can get a commissioner ousted for a legal hunt of a mountain lion, then hunting organizations can certainly have our say in this issue - and request answers....and then decide what steps need to occur going forward.
Perhaps if enough of us write courteous messages asking for him to clarify, define etc his comments - then maybe the commission will take this seriously and provide a response.
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