OR man arrested for harassing bison after weeklong National Park tour



An Oregon man, arrested in three different national parks in a single week, was charged Friday with taunting a bison in Yellowstone-a roadside incident captured by a tourist on video that attracted widespread public outrage when viewed millions of times of social media.

A press release from Yellowstone on Friday says that Reinke was arrested on Thursday at about 10:45 p.m.by Glacier National Park rangers.

Following his release, he traveled to Yellowstone National Park.

There, Yellowstone National Park rangers stopped his vehicle for a traffic violation.

Raymond Reinke, 55, who was journeying across multiple US parks throughout the week, was taken into custody by Glacier National Park officials, a news release from Yellowstone officials said.

Reinke, who has been visiting several national parks, had already been arrested July 28 in Grand Teton National Park on suspicion of drunk and disorderly conduct, according to a news release from the Park Service.

Reinke had told rangers that his plans were to travel to Glacier National Park. He was cited as a passenger for failure to wear a seat belt.

He encountered the bison after the traffic incident. They found Reinke later that evening and issued a citation requiring a court appearance. The request was granted, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. That was shortly before Glacier National Park rangers responded to the call at the Many Glacier hotel, where one of the guests creating the disturbance was Reinke.

Reinke then gestures toward the woods and makes a snorting noise, similar to one a bison would make.

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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.

Reinke has since been booked into Yellowstone Jail.

Reinke was transported to Helena on Thursday night and handed over to Yellowstone rangers.

His trip started on a rough note Sunday in Grand Teton National Park. Rangers noticed he appeared to be intoxicated and argumentative.

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

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".

After hearing about these incidents, Wyoming U.S. Attorney Mark Klaassen asked federal court to revoke Reinke's bond.

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