County officials react to Truman's resignation over controversial video
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The man who took a video that outraged many in the community has submitted his resignation from the Clark County Wildlife Advisory Board. While many are pleased by this move, they argue the issue is nowhere close to going away.
Tracy Truman, a member of the Clark County Wildlife Advisory Board, defended his YouTube video to Action News Jan. 20.
"It was a video that I showed other people what I wanted a dog to do, and that is not make contact with an animal. That is to locate it, and bark at it," said Truman.
But the loudest barking came from animal rights groups and some county commissioners who met with Truman after the video went viral.
"I asked him if he wanted to resign and he said no," said Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak.
That answer changed Wednesday morning as he turned in a letter of resignation to the county; effective immediately.
"The video, in context or out of context, it doesn't play well, and I think he regrets having made it, for trying to show what he was trying to show," says Paul Dixon, chairman of the Clark County Wildlife Advisory Board.
A colleague of Truman's says the sportsman has faced nothing but public humiliation since the video was posted online.
"People don't want to believe that when they see the video, but Tracy has done a tremendous amount over the years for wildlife in the state, and education of people on how to, from hunter safety all the way through the proper way to trap, clean, and go fishing and hunting," says Dixon.
Animal activists say this should have happened earlier and that Truman's resignation does not really resolve the true issue.
"The one thing about what Tracy did in putting that on the internet, it really brought the issue of trapping to the attention of a lot of people," says Karen Layne, President of the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society.
"I think it's probably the more graceful way for him to be able to exit, but still in my mind doesn't get rid of the whole debate on trapping," says Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani.
While the debate is sure to continue in the future, those who know Truman are sad to see this has tarnished an otherwise very good career.
"You've done good things all your life, why does one bad thing make you a bad person? And this is something that people have decided is bad and he is paying the price for that," says Dixon.
We put in a call to Tracy Truman to see if he had anything to say and have yet to hear from him. Friends of his tell us though he still plans to work with wildlife, just in a more private position.