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    Encountered a ranger on Twin Falls trail

    My wife, daughter and myself (along with out dog) went on a hike up at Twin Falls State Park. On our way back down the trail, we encountered the park ranger, who was on his way up, doing his foot patrol. He saw my sidearm, and just said "smart man. Stay safe guys." and kept walking.

    Just thought I'd share it, as I thought it was pretty cool.

    Got me thinking. Are Park Rangers commissioned officers in the entire state, similar to how other officers? Or are they just commissioned on state parks property?

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    That's awesome, man.
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    State Park Ranger is equivelant to State Patrol in authority... but only in the park grounds... if that's what you were asking.
    IOW their authority does not extend beyond state park boundries.

    ...'course, that is conjectural, as I have had several discussions with State Park Rangers about it - never researched it, so no cite. *shrug*

    So I went looking, and found this:
    http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/bil...0PSEP%2011.pdf

    so maybe it is changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony d tiger View Post
    State Park Ranger is equivelant to State Patrol in authority... but only in the park grounds... if that's what you were asking.
    IOW their authority does not extend beyond state park boundries.

    ...'course, that is conjectural, as I have had several discussions with State Park Rangers about it - never researched it, so no cite. *shrug*

    So I went looking, and found this:
    http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/bil...0PSEP%2011.pdf

    so maybe it is changed.
    Nope,

    It died in committee

    http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summ...1321&year=2011
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    Heck I got questioned the heck out of when I went hiking with friends in Olympic National Park with my sidearm. One of us pointed out that it could come in handy in case of a bear attack, and the ranger said "Oh our bears aren't like that."

    *facepalm*

    I'll have to check out where you're hiking, sounds like they have some common sense.
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    They must have very friendly grizzlies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCKilla View Post
    They must have very friendly grizzlies.
    Nah, just "Blackies" which are the smaller of the bears. When I used to hike in the Olympics all you'd see, for the most part, was their scat. If they heard you coming they took off and hid. You might see one across a meadow or open area but encountering one on the trail was rare. Cougar's, on the other hand are more dangerous in the ONP and I don't mean the ones from Wazoo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amlevin View Post
    Nah, just "Blackies" which are the smaller of the bears. When I used to hike in the Olympics all you'd see, for the most part, was their scat. If they heard you coming they took off and hid. You might see one across a meadow or open area but encountering one on the trail was rare. Cougar's, on the other hand are more dangerous in the ONP and I don't mean the ones from Wazoo.
    I met a VERY friendly Cougar at the ball game the other day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trigger Dr View Post
    I met a VERY friendly Cougar at the ball game the other day.
    The one on the right or left?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amlevin View Post
    The one on the right or left?

    Now, that's beautiful! The girl ain't bad either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .45ACPaddy View Post
    Heck I got questioned the heck out of when I went hiking with friends in Olympic National Park with my sidearm. One of us pointed out that it could come in handy in case of a bear attack, and the ranger said "Oh our bears aren't like that."

    *facepalm*

    I'll have to check out where you're hiking, sounds like they have some common sense.
    Well, don't let them get your goat...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trigger Dr View Post
    I met a VERY friendly Cougar at the ball game the other day.
    +1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajetpilot View Post
    Now, that's beautiful! The girl ain't bad either.
    Your comment made me think of what someone told me one day. Lock your wife and your dog in the trunk of your car for a couple of hours. When you open it up, which one do you think will give you a bunch of big sloppy kisses?
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    Park rangers are limited authority peace officers similar to a corrections officer in authority. At least that was the case the last time I checked. I believe in you look under title 10 of the RCW you may find your answer.

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    I hope I never meet this one when unarmed


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    Quote Originally Posted by Trigger Dr View Post
    I met a VERY friendly Cougar at the ball game the other day.
    Wow for her to be considered a cougar to you how old was she?.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by sudden valley gunner View Post
    Wow for her to be considered a cougar to you how old was she?.......
    Well, I'm 71, and I know, I should be banned for posting that porn on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trigger Dr View Post
    Well, I'm 71, and I know, I should be banned for posting that porn on here.
    Nah! All in good fun.
    I am not anti Cop I am just pro Citizen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trigger Dr View Post
    Unless you have one of these with you

    "If I shoot all the ammo I am carrying I either won't need anymore or more won't help"

    "If you refuse to stand up for others now, who will stand up for you when your time comes?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by amlevin View Post
    Unless you have one of these with you

    I would rather shoot myself

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    By the look on her face looks like she feels the same way......hahahahaha....
    I am not anti Cop I am just pro Citizen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoungSoldier View Post
    Park rangers are limited authority peace officers similar to a corrections officer in authority. At least that was the case the last time I checked. I believe in you look under title 10 of the RCW you may find your answer.

    They're limited authority in the sense that they only have authority within State Parks property. They have full authority within the State Parks.

    To the OP, that's great that you met such a supportive Ranger. IMO the agency doesn't always do a very good job of making sure the staff are properly informed about open carry laws, but all of the Rangers _should_ know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .45ACPaddy View Post
    Heck I got questioned the heck out of when I went hiking with friends in Olympic National Park with my sidearm. One of us pointed out that it could come in handy in case of a bear attack, and the ranger said "Oh our bears aren't like that."

    *facepalm*

    I'll have to check out where you're hiking, sounds like they have some common sense.
    Maybe their Bears are the Democrat Bears from Wyoming?

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