I loved hiking as a Boy Scout years ago. Our troop would hike in the mountains and the park rangers, we would come across, were manning the look-out towers for fires and patrolling the forest for problems and to help those in trouble.
These days, in California at least, I see a different attitude. Here is a note I sent to a friend down in Australia after he came across one of the "dog hater" rangers.
"Some park rangers and hunting dogs have a tough time with each other.
Many rangers are hunters themselves and when we come across them on our walks, they just smile and enjoy watching the dogs do what nature in-grained in them to do.
I must admit in four years Bailey and Chloe have killed wildlife. In our thousands of miles of open space walking, they have caught a total of 3 ground squirrels (out of a population of 10,000).