This Tuesday Toast is a shout-out to the Rangers. Not the Texas Rangers, the New Yokr Rangers, or worse the apocalyptic Central Park Rangers, but the Yellowstone National Park Rangers.
They keep the peace, calmly fighting the ever-present tug-of-war between man and beast; between those who have common sense and those who don't within the 2.2 MILLION acres of Yellowstone National Park. Here's a tally of what they have to watch over: 1,000 grizzly and black bears; 80 wolves; 500 Bighorn Sheep; appx 100 KittyCats (Mountain Lions, Bobcats, Lynx); 100 Moose; 3,000 Bison; 20,000 Elk and of course, 3.5 MILLION people.
One is supposed to stay a minimum of 25 yards away from elk, bison, black bears, coyotes etc and a minimum of 100 yards from grizzly and wolves. I've seen people chase a black bear in the woods; stay within 25 yards of a bison but be 200 yards from their car (if the bison gets irritated you'll never ever ever make it back dude). People have been attacked by bears for being dumb enough to try to get close to a cub and pet it.
That's just the interaction with animals. Most people may not realize of all of the entire world's geothermal activity nearly HALF of it is within Yellowstone. Yet people love to take shortcuts across the park from trail to trail. Occassionally one falls into some unclassified geo-activity… and boils to death. Yep. People, Yellowstone is like a chicken pot pie. There are safe crust areas on the edges like mountains, but the rest of the crust has boiling hot liquid underneath.
Congrats to those flat-brimmed hat, green uniform with orange safety vest wearing men and women. You park rangers are doing a bang-up job keeping the stupid and/or ignorant from hurting themselves and the animals.