Arizona

Apr 13, 2013 2:49 PM by Associated Press

Arizona game and fish chairman resigns

PHOENIX (AP) - The chairman of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission has resigned.

Jack Husted announced this week in a letter to Gov. Jan Brewer that he needs to focus on family, faith and business dealings.

The governor's office says the search for his replacement is under way.

The Arizona Republic reports that Husted, an avid hunter with ranching ties, had opposed the Mexican gray wolf's listing as endangered and was considered a foe of the federal Endangered Species Act.

Husted gained notoriety last year after he took a friend's 13-year-old son out shooting in Springerville and let him kill a prairie dog. He reported the out-of-season kill but pleaded not guilty and complained about getting a misdemeanor citation. The charge was eventually dismissed by prosecutors.

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