Yesterday Amybear was worried about a shooting involving Park Rangers on the news. She had been told that this happened during the day at Lum's Pond State Park near where she works. Well she can rest a little easier because it turns out that the shooting was in New Castle by the St. Georges Bridge not in Glasgow by the Summit Bridge.
Paul had some coverage of the event. He also notes that park rangers are essentially law enforcement within the confines of the park. In Delaware they enforce state law and undergo the same training as state troopers. In many of the parks out west, being a ranger is an even tougher job. Many narcotics groups use national park land to grow drugs, usually marijuana, so the rangers can face violence, booby traps, and all sorts of things in the performance of their duties. It isn't just tracking down lost campers folks.