SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) – California regulators have given a warning letter to the president of the state Fish and Game Commission over a mountain lion hunting trip he took earlier this year, but they decided against issuing a fine.

The Fair Political Practices Commission issued the warning Thursday to Dan Richards. It says he violated the state’s $420 gift limit when he accepted an Idaho hunting trip in January worth $6,800.

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Although Richards repaid the ranch, he did so after the required 30-day window for repayment. He could have faced a $5,000 fine.

Richards was criticized by animal rights groups and Democratic lawmakers after a photo of him holding a slain mountain lion appeared in a hunting publication. Mountain lion hunting is banned in California.

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The FPPC says it has closed the case.

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