Report: CA official in lion flap could be replaced

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VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A newspaper says the California Fish and Game Commission is expected to replace its president after he was criticized for killing a mountain lion in Idaho.

The San Jose Mercury News reported (http://bit.ly/NcEu5T) that commission members will vote on new officers on Wednesday, with Dan Richards, the current president, expected to be replaced.

He would remain on the commission but no longer serve as president.

Richards was criticized by animal welfare groups after a photo of him with the dead mountain lion surfaced.

Hunting mountain lions is banned in California, though it's legal in Idaho and other states.

Richards has said he did nothing wrong and will remain on the five-member commission until his term expires.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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