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Attacks on land managers down after a 5-year rise

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Attacks against federal land managers dropped sharply last year after rising steadily since the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, according to a nonprofit group.

Beatings, bomb scares and other crimes against Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management workers dropped nearly 50 percent from 1998 to 1999, according to data compiled by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in Washington, D.C.

The Forest Service and BLM logged 48 such incidents last year, down from 95 the preceding year, according to data PEER said it obtained from those agencies under the Freedom of Information Act.