Oregon man arrested after video shows bison taunted at Yellowstone National Park

Jan Cross
August 4, 2018

The Oregon man suspected of taunting a Yellowstone National Park bison in a viral video that took the internet by storm last week has been arrested.

Raymond Reinke, 55, of Pendleton, Oregon, was apprehended by Glacier National Park rangers around 10:45 p.m.Reinke had been traveling to multiple national parks over the last week, according to a Yellowstone National Park news release. "Harassing wildlife is illegal in any national park", said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk. This incident was just one of several run-ins with the law Reinke experienced over the past week in national parks, according to a National Park Service press release.

Prior to that incident, Rangers said he was arrested Saturday at Grand Teton National Park on a charge of drunk and disorderly conduct. He spent the night in the Teton County Jail in Wyoming and was released on bond.

Reinke then traveled to Yellowstone National Park where rangers stopped his vehicle on July 31 for a traffic violation.

Officials said Reinke appeared to be intoxicated and was argumentative. It was after this encounter, in which Reinke was given a citation, that officials said they believe the bison confrontation occurred.

Other visitors not only posted the video, but filed wildlife harassment reports with Yellowstone rangers, who issued a citation to Reinke requiring a court appearance.

American Bison can weigh up to 620kg
American Bison can weigh up to 620kg

Once the Yellowstone rangers connected the dots and realized the man was connected to multiple infractions as well as the wildlife harassment case an assistant US attorney requested his bond be revoked. The request was granted and a warrant was issued for Reinke's arrest Thursday.

Knowing he had plans to head to Glacier National Park, rangers began looking for his vehicle.

Rangers identified that guest as - you guessed it - Raymond Reinke. Yellowstone rangers then took Reinke to Mammoth Hot Springs and booked him into the Yellowstone Jail. It includes numerous disorderly conduct charges.

An onlooker captured the moment on video, seemingly showing Reinke approach a bison in the middle of the road. He appeared in USA court Friday and was jailed pending a court hearing next week. After the disturbing video at Yellowstone surfaced, park officials contacted rangers at Glacier.

The rangers were unaware of the bond conditions from the incident in Grand Teton National Park.

"Feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intenentional disturbing of wildlife".

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