[Note the sh-t eating grin]
The cat had been driven into a tree by a pack of dogs. That ensured that it couldn't get away, couldn't defend itself, couldn't even present a moving target. California Fish & Game commissioner Dan Richards then walked up to the tree, took aim, and shot it dead.
Richards presumably considers himself a sportsman. Shooting a trapped, defenseless animal at close range with a rifle is not what I consider sportsmanship. One can assume that the commissioner will go on to further acts of sportsmanship like shooting his neighbor's dog, shooting ranch cattle, or shooting fish in a barrel.
The president of the Fish & Game Commission seems not to take seriously the commission's mission, which is to preserve and protect fish and game. That 11 Republicans in the Assembly have spoken in his defense does not suggest that Richards should stay, but that the 11 Republicans should go also, and for the same reasons.
Email your assemblyman today demanding Richards' removal.