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Replacement named for Idaho official who killed baboons

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A replacement has been named for a top Idaho wildlife official who resigned following outrage over a photo of him posing with a baboon family he killed during a hunting trip to Africa.

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter on Thursday announced the appointment of Tim Murphy to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.

He replaces Blake Fischer, who resigned in October at Otter’s request.

The photo was taken during a hunting trip Fischer took in Namibia in September. It shows Fischer posing with baboons he killed with a bow and arrows.

Fischer shared that photo and others with friends when he returned from Africa. The Idaho Statesman obtained the photos and first reported the story.

Murphy is the former Idaho director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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