Man who taunted bison at Yellowstone National Park sentenced to jail

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The Oregon man who taunted a bison in Yellowstone National Park has been sentenced to jail after pleading guilty to charges against him.

According to AbcNewsMontana, Raymond Reinke, 55, pleaded guilty to four charges of misconduct in national parks. Reinke had been traveling across the United States visiting when he was apprehended by Glacier National Park officers at the end of July. He was arrested that night and released the following day, but not for long:

“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.”

A video by another tourist, Lindsey Jones 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.

Reinke was sentenced to 60 days each for harassing wildlife and interfering with law enforcement; he was given another 10 days for disorderly conduct. He was also reportedly given credit for 21 days already served. Reinke will also serve five years of unsupervised probation at which time he must seek treatment for alcohol and drug use as well as staying out of Yellowstone, Glacier or Grand Teton National Parks.

Judge Mark Carmon admonished Reinke for harassing the bison and told him he was lucky the bison didn’t come after him and hurt or even kill him. Reinke apologized and admitted the buffalo should not have been taunted.

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