March 12th, 2009 10:58 AM
Curious about NPS Rangers and my safety (park carry pondering)
This is a little late, but I got to thinking about how well NPS Rangers can protect me, so I looked up some info. Linking Wikipedia, as it seems to be representative, and most inclusive, of the info I found.
National Park Ranger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It seems that law enforcement functions are not at the top of their list in importance. Add to that, the only time I've been to a NP in the last twenty years (Shenandoah), the only park employees I saw were three Barbies crowded into the toll booth.
I wonder exactly how many Law Enforcement Rangers are on duty at any given time (per park or square mile), what they are doing, and exactly how much of their time is spent 'ensuring the safety of visitors'.
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March 12th, 2009 11:04 AM
It depends on the park.
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park has 6 full-time employees non are Law-Enforcement. The Great Smoky Mountains has its own LE divison.
LE is not the primary or even the secondary focus of the NPS
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March 12th, 2009 01:23 PM
1943 - 2009
Glacier National Park, Montana, covers an area of 1,584 square miles. There were 1,964,399 visitors in 2006.
During the summer season, there might be 4 or 5 LE Rangers patrolling the park on any given day.
Do the math.
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March 12th, 2009 04:33 PM
There's a Park ranger for roughly every 40-60 mile stretch of park highway. The greatest threat in the park is one of a touron inciting a response from a large animal they have previously only experienced in a zoo. Carry your picture ID and CCW and be respectful if you get pulled over for speeding.
Desperate people do desperate things in desperate situations.
Heavily medicated for your protection.
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March 12th, 2009 11:29 PM
Uh...that depends on the park location. These days most of the major "parks" are used by growers and a lot of times they protect their plots quite well.
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