What Do You Think Of When You Hear National Parks?

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them What do you think of when you hear national parks? Most people would say fresh air, blue skies, beautiful landscapes, and wild life. Others might give you the names of parks or landmarks, such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, The Liberty Bell, and Pearl Harbor, I guarantee you that no one would bring up crime. Crime does occur in national parks, and it has been happening since the early beginnings of parks. It ranges from graffiti and defacing of property all the way up to more serious crimes such as poaching and bomb threats. The first national park ever established in the U.S. was Yellowstone Park, it was established and signed into law by president Ulysses S. Grant in 1872. Many parks would follow and open throughout the years with the…show more content…
So in 1886 the U.S. government authorized the use of U.S. military men to protect Yellowstone Park and deployed them to protect it (Yellowstone.net). These soldiers patrolled the massive national park year round mostly dealing with mostly poachers which is one of the oldest crimes committed in national parks. The poachers hunted for furs and pelts to sell or trade. One of the most hunted animals in and around Yellowstone Park was the American bison, because there were no rangers and the military men that were deployed to Yellowstone were there to protect it not really there to preserve the parks resources and history many bison were killed which is why today bision exist in North America but in small numbers and they are an endangered spices (www.nps.net). Finally in 1898 the first park rangers showed up in national parks to do the jobs that they do today and the military troops that had been acting the part of rangers where relived. The “rangers” then became official U.S. Park rangers on August 25, 1916 when the National Park service was established on that same day, this is the official start of the history of park rangers (Yellowstone.net). Today there many different job positions among park rangers, opposed to just protecting a national park like back in 1898. You have interpreters who give guided tours and run camp fire programs and staff visitor centers to inter act with the public on a daily
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