Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Man Arrested For Taunting A Yellowstone Bison

Man Arrested For Taunting A Yellowstone Bison

While the video itself caused many to wonder about the capriciousness of Reinke, it wasn't until Thursday that the universe finally caught up with the OR man following Reinke being taken into custody after an incident at a hotel dining room according to Glacier National Park, Montana rangers.

The US National Park Service said 55-year-old Raymond Reinke of Pendleton, Oregon, caused a disturbance on Thursday in Many Glacier Hotel.

According to the National Park Service, bison have injured more people in Yellowstone than any other animal. Reinke is now facing a number of charges, including harassing wildlife, which is a federal offense.

Reinke had been traveling to multiple national parks over the last week, the NPS stated.

On July 28, Reinke was arrested in Grand Teton Park on a drunk and disorderly conduct charge. "The request was granted and on the night of August 2, a warrant was issued for Reinke's arrest", the release continued.

A man seen in a widely circulated video provoking a Yellowstone National Park bison by waving his arms at the creature, prompting it to charge him, was arrested by rangers on suspicion of harassing wildlife, park officials said on Friday. NPS said that Reinke appeared to be intoxicated and argumentative.

Rangers said it was after that traffic stop that he had his bison encounter. The video of the event surfaced online after that citation had been issued.


"Seeing the egregious nature of the wildlife violation, the assistant USA attorney requested his bond be revoked", the Park Service said in Friday's announcement of Reinke's arrest. The request was granted and on the night of August 2, a warrant was issued for Reinke's arrest.

Park officials say Reinke then traveled to Yellowstone National Park.

Rangers identified that guest as - you guessed it - Raymond Reinke.

He was scheduled for a court appearance there on Friday. He was cited for not using a seatbelt.

Glacier rangers took Reinke to Helena late Thursday, where they met Yellowstone rangers. Rangers there didn't know of his bond conditions.

He jumps out of the way and does not appear to be injured by the bison as they go their separate ways in the video.

"Carry/store open bottle/container containing alcoholic beverage".

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