Stop Violent Assaults on Park Rangers

Park Ranger

Target: Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service

Goal: Protect our park rangers from violent assault in the line of duty

The officials trusted to protect our environment are being brutally attacked more than ever before. The National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and other land water agencies have reported an increase of ruthless assaults directed at park police. Our nation’s parks are meant to be a place of peace and solace, not a venue for violent crime. Support our nation’s park rangers and refuse to accept violence as a way of life in our beautiful parks.

According to the Associated Press, nearly 600 violent incidents were reported by just a handful of land and water agencies in 2012. The number of violent crimes in natural parks increased at least 38% from 2011. The year 2012 got off to a bad start with the shooting death of an on-duty park ranger at Mount Ranier National Park in Washington state on New Year’s Day. Shortly after, a visitor at a Texas wildlife refuge made racist remarks to a ranger and threatened to burn down the refuge. The National Park Service reported that other incidents include drunk drivers attempting to run over park rangers to avoid DUI convictions and resisting arrest with threats of violence.

Sign the below petition to urge the National Park Service to enforce stricter penalties for individuals who lash out against the officials doing their job to protect our land and waterways. Visitors to national parks must realize that these lands are meant for peace, not for violence.

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Dear Mr. Jarvis,

I sympathize with you regarding the loss of your brave employees who have lost their lives or become injured in the line of duty protecting our national parks. It has become clear that public lands are being used more frequently for meth labs and marijuana fields, meaning that growers will take whatever means necessary to protect their illegal products.

I am urging you to enforce stricter penalties for people who attack park rangers and park police to punish the perpetrators and deter others from similar actions. Although park rangers are typically well-trained and armed, they can become vulnerable when outnumbered or attacked by surprise. Please implement policies that keep your rangers safe, so that your rangers can keep our parks clean and beautiful for everyone to enjoy.


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