Mar. 20, 2005 – The Bush administration has named a trophy-hunting advocate to serve as acting director of the department charged with protecting the nationâ€™s wildlife. US Department of the Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced Wednesday that Matthew J. Hogan, who formerly served as deputy director of the agency, will temporarily head the US Fish and Wildlife Service in the wake of the current directorâ€™s resignation.
The United States Humane Society, the nationâ€™s largest animal protection organization, blasted the announcement, pointing out that in the past, Hogan was head lobbyist for Safari Club International, an extreme gaming group whose members hunt rare animals across the globe. Hogan will direct the agency until President Bush nominates and Congress approves a permanent replacement.