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Park Ranger Fatally Shot at Mount Rainier

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Date: January 1, 2012
Contact: Lee Taylor, 360-569-6515

Park Ranger Margaret Anderson, 34, was fatally shot this morning at Mount Rainier National Park. After a driver failed to pull over during a routine traffic stop Ranger Anderson set up a road block to intercept the driver.The assailant got out of his vehicle and shot Ranger Anderson and then fled on foot. It took 90 minutes for back up to reach Ranger Anderson because the assailant continued shooting at law enforcement as they arrived. Visitors at the Paradise area are in lock down at the Jackson Visitor Center along with park staff. The shooter is still at large. Park staff are being assisted in the search for the shooter by Pierce County Sherriff's Department, Washington State Patrol, and the FBI.

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Visitor exploring the former Paradise Ice Caves.

For many years, the Paradise Ice Caves were a popular attraction at Mount Rainier. Until the 1980s, visitors could explore passages within the Paradise Glacier which had formed due to seasonal melting of the ice. By the early 1990s, climate change had melted away the last traces of the caves. More...