An Oregon man was arrested on Thursday night after he was seen “harassing a bison” at Yellowstone National Park. Raymond Reinke, appearing to taunt a bison crossing the road at Yellowstone National Park, was caught on video Tuesday evening and the footage of the incident later posted on Facebook by Lindsey Jones.
According to a press release by the National Park Service, Reinke, 55, had been traveling across the United States park areas and was taken into custody by Glacier National Park officers.
” On July 28, he was first arrested by law enforcement rangers at Grand Teton National Park for a drunk and disorderly conduct incident. He spent the night in the Teton County Jail, and was then released on bond.
Following his release, he traveled to Yellowstone National Park. Rangers at Yellowstone stopped his vehicle for a traffic violation on July 31. Reinke appeared to be intoxicated and argumentative. He was cited as a passenger for failure to wear a seat belt. It is believed that after that traffic stop, Reinke encountered the bison.”
Lindsey Jones’ video captured the moment Reinke approached the bison in the middle of the road seemingly to shoo the animal out of the traffic jam it had caused. The bison initially walked away, but then turned around and chased Reinke who swiftly ran away. The animal then retreated in the opposite direction.
“Harassing wildlife is illegal in any national park.”
On Thursday, after park officials reviewed Reinke’s egregious behavior towards wild animals, bond was revoked. He remains at the Yellowstone jail.
(Photo of man taunting bison at Yellowstone National Park via Lindsey Jones)