Thousands of rounds of handgun and rifle ammunition were recently stolen from a locked building at Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park.
You read that right: the National Park system has its own law enforcement agency.
According to NPS.gov, the police officers are responsible for law enforcement, medical aid, search and rescue, fire-fighting and more.
Crater Lake National Park is an area of exclusive federal jurisdiction. All law enforcement functions within the park are carried out by commissioned park rangers within the Division of Resource and Visitor Protection who are duly appointed federal law enforcement officers. Their duties include law enforcement, emergency medical services, search and rescue, wildland and structural fire-fighting, as well as visitor safety, assistance and information. Along with the federal laws, regulations and policies listed, commissioned park rangers also have the authority to enforce applicable Oregon state criminal statutes and the Oregon state vehicle code . For more information on Oregon state statutes, please click here.
Now, I understand the need for a surplus of ammunition for training purposes. However, they’re not instilling confidence in their storage when they felt the need to include “stolen from a locked building” in their press release.
I’m sure I’m not the only one questioning their security. Maybe the agency thought no one would dare attempt stealing ammunition from the police?
However, the theft is no laughing matter. The theft is a felony! A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of a person responsible.
About the Author: Dominic Aiello is an avid hunter, angler, and wildlife policy expert. He is the President of the Oregon Outdoor Council, Cabela’s Prostaff, and Outdoor Writer. Follow his adventures on Instagram @daiello91 or Twitter @HunterInformant.