Man arrested for taunting bison in Yellowstone National Park

A screen capture from a video showing Raymond Reinke taunting a bison in Yellowston National Park. The video was shared on Facebook by Lindsey Jones

An Oregon man is in custody after multiple incidents across several national parks, including taunting a buffalo in Yellowstone, which was caught on camera.

Once again, his own behavior provided the needed assistance, as shortly thereafter law enforcement officers were called to the dining room at Many Glacier Hotel, where two guests were involved in a loud argument and disturbance.

While in Yellowstone, Reinke had told rangers that he planned to go to Glacier National Park. "Harassing wildlife is illegal in any national park".

According to Yellowstone officials, Reinke has spent the past week traveling to different national parks causing disturbances.

He was first arrested by law enforcement rangers on July 28 at Grand Teton National Park for a drunk and disorderly conduct incident. He was held overnight in the Teton County Jail. That's where rangers stopped his vehicle Tuesday for a routine traffic violation.

When he traveled to Yellowstone, he got a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt wile he was a passenger in a vehicle. After that traffic stop, NPS says it is believed that Reinke encountered the bison. They found Reinke later that evening and issued a citation for him to appear in court, but were unaware of the video at the time. A video of the event surfaced after that citation had been issued.

On Thursday, rangers connected Reinke's extensive history, and after seeing his alleged wildlife violation, the Assistant U.S. Attorney requested his bond be revoked.

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On the night of Thursday, Aug. 2, that request was granted and a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to the release. On the night of August 2, park rangers began to look for the man's vehicle.

One of those individuals was Reinke.

Park officials say there have been at least four injuries at Yellowstone involving animals this year, including a woman who was gored by a bison in June.

Following his arrest, authorities transported Reinke to Helena, where Yellowstone rangers met him and took him the rest of the way back to Yellowstone and booked him in to Yellowstone jail. That where he was arrested on a drunk and disorderly charge. He was scheduled to appear in court Friday.

"We appreciate the collaboration of our fellow rangers in Glacier and Grand Teton national parks on this arrest", said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk.

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