''We reached out to the park ranger over 10 days ago," he said. "We extended our apologies for the tone."
The ranger, wearing spectacles and a wide-brimmed NPS hat, appears in an Oct. 2 video of the confrontation. The video went viral and ignited an outpouring of outrage against the congressman. It seems the ranger has had enough of the spotlight for now.
While she appreciates the congressman reaching out to her, Park Service officials told Neugebauer's office she wishes to remain anonymous.
Respectful of her wishes, the lawmaker is crafting a letter of apology for his tone during their discussion. Instead of speaking with her directly, he will send the letter to NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.
The Park Service didn't respond to requests for comment Thursday.