The park rangers were ready to check for rain damage on fire roads in the Verdugo Mountains when the call came in that a mountain lion had been sighted at a school. After a day of paperwork, interpretive programs and other administrative duties, the mountain lion call was a heart-pounding jolt. And it wasn't the last time in what would become a very long day that the rangers' hearts would be set pounding by a sudden turn of events.
Rushing down the freeway toward Glendale Adventist School in a Jeep Wrangler outfitted with four-wheel drive equipment, police lights and sirens, Park Ranger Supervisor Russ Hauck explains, "The typical ranger operations include law enforcement, resource management, public relations and interpretation. We've got a lot of balls in the air."