Rick Obernesser, Yellowstone's chief ranger, said park officials began looking seriously at Tasers after departments using them experienced dramatic decreases in injuries for officers and suspects.
"It's another tool for a ranger to have in the tool kit that makes things safer for everybody," Obernesser
So far, rangers have pulled their Tasers 10 times, Obernesser
said.Only one person -- a man fleeing officers on foot -- has been hit with the 50,000-volt shock.
In most cases, people respond immediately to the threat of the Taser.
"We recently had a situation where a Taser was pulled out and this person, a criminal, had been tased before, somewhere else," Obernesser
"At least in the 10 times that Tasers have been deployed (in Yellowstone), it's yielded almost immediate compliance," Obernesser
has received good feedback from his
rangers about the Tasers for their use in defusing potentially dangerous situations.
said other national park officials have contacted Yellowstone wanting to know more about use of Tasers in the park.
Regional and national Park Service officials are writing up guidelines for use of Tasers, he
Eventually, Yellowstone officials hope to buy enough Tasers for each of the 100 or so permanent and seasonal rangers.
"Just in our experience of the last year, it's simpler and safer," Obernesser
said, "not just for us but for the person that decides not to fight us.