Forest Service Workers Report More Violence and Threats
Laramie, Wy – For the nation's forest rangers, the serenity of the woods is increasingly not part of their part jobs.
According to data from the agency attacks, threats and lesser altercations involving Forest Service workers reached an all-time high last year.
Incidents ranged from gunshots to stalking and verbal abuse.
The agency tally shows 477 such reports in 2005, that's up from 88 a year earlier. The total in 2003 was 104; in 1995, it was 34.
Among the more serious incidents, a man on a snowmobile ran down a Forest Service worker in California's Lake Tahoe Basin Management area. The man pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon.
An environmental group obtained the data through a Freedom of Information Act request and provided them to The Associated Press.