Since Christmas, the federal law enforcement community has lost five heroes. Two were fatally wounded by gunfire, one drowned during a rescue effort, and two succumbed to severe medical attacks.
An average of 80 to 90 law enforcement rangers are employed at Yellowstone during the summer, while wintertime employment averages about 60 to 70 rangers. Most positions are seasonal and competition for permanent positions is fierce. Most rangers have a four-year degree.