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Becoming a U.S. Park Ranger

March 8, 2017

Depending on the type of park ranger you want to be depends on the education you obtain. For example, to become a law enforcement park ranger, in most cases you will need to attend a police academy. Additionally, many park ranger jobs require a bachelor’s degree. Read more...

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http://www.park-ranger.org/becoming-a-park-ranger/

Park Rangers and Civil Air Control Search for Lost Plane

March 8, 2017

Park rangers in Gatlinburg are looking for a plane that is believed to have crashed the night of December 26th somewhere in the area of the Great Smoking Mountain National Park. Read more...

The post Park Rangers and Civil Air Control Search for Lost Plane first appeared on Park-Ranger.Org.

http://www.park-ranger.org/park-rangers-civil-air-control-search-lost-plane/

Park Rangers to Lose Law Enforcement Credentials with New DNR Plan

February 14, 2017

In an announcement that was made at the end of November, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will unfold a reorganization plan that will remove the law enforcement privileges of park rangers. Under the new plan, the rangers will forfeit their power to arrest and carry a firearm. Read more...

The blog post Park Rangers to Lose Law Enforcement Credentials with New DNR Plan originally appeared on Park-Ranger.Org.

http://www.park-ranger.org/park-rangers-lose-law-enforcement-credentials-new-dnr-plan/

Park Rangers and Game Wardens Crack Bison Case in Grand Teton National Park

February 14, 2017

Over a year ago, two hunters at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming spotted a peculiar scene on a nearby road. Found in the road was a large pile of intestines from a large animal, such as a bison, with tracks leading from the road to the park. Read more...

The blog post Park Rangers and Game Wardens Crack Bison Case in Grand Teton National Park originally appeared on Park-Ranger.Org.

http://www.park-ranger.org/park-rangers-game-wardens-crack-bison-case-grand-teton-national-park/

Louisville Man Accused of Impersonating a Park Ranger and Shooting Arrows at Park Guests

February 9, 2017

 

Recently, Brian Elliot, 37, was accused of confronting visitors at a local park with a bow and arrow, all while pretending to be a Park Ranger. Elliot is being charged with menacing and impersonating a park ranger.

One of those confronted by Elliot was Meghan Simpson, who stated that he kept screaming and cursing to keep them away from the archery station.

“It seems like he thinks he owns the archery,” Simpson said.

Brian Elliot is accused of confronting three visitors at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in the month of June and another three visitors early in November. Both times, Elliot accosted visitors by the archery range.

“The first time he had a bow and arrow and actually shot it, and I think the second time he had a bow in his hand,” State Park Ranger Gill Lawson said.

Simpson stated that Elliot became very aggressive towards her and her group while they were trying to use the archery range. When Simpson and her party asked for the “park rangers” badge, he refused.

“He wouldn’t walk up to us. He just kept screaming at us and he yelled, like, ‘Bows and arrows cause death.’ We said, ‘Okay we are just going to go a different way then,’” Simpson said.

People who were actually employed by E.P. Tom Sawyer Park reported that Elliot was a familiar face by the archery range, but did not know him by name.

“We don’t know of any case in recent years where someone has impersonated a park ranger here,” Lawson said.

“The park is supposed to be nice and serene. So when people are yelling at you and essentially threatening you and has a deadly weapon doesn’t make you want to be there,” Simpson said.

Elliot and his lawyer pleaded not guilty to the two counts of impersonating a park ranger and three counts of menacing.

State Park rangers reported that out of the six guests that were threatened by Elliot, three were able to positively identify him from the photo pack.

 

Source: http://www.park-ranger.org/259-2/

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