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National Park Rangers arrest man caught on camera harassing bison

06 August 2018

As for the man who taunted the bison, the National Parks Service calls the incident "reckless, risky and illegal".

The man has been named as Raymond Reinke, 55, from Pendleton, Oregon. None of those stops went very well.

I think the great lesson here is that visitors who come to the national parks must be stewards.

One count was for disturbing wildlife, two were alcohol-related, one was for interference, and one was for disorderly conduct. "The request was granted and on the night of August 2, a warrant was issued for Reinke's arrest", the release continued.

After his release, Reinke traveled to Yellowstone where he was cited for a traffic violation July 31.

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"Reinke appeared to be intoxicated and argumentative", a Yellowstone news release stated. They also said they cited him on Monday for not wearing a seatbelt.

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.

The Facebook video has more than 4,200 reactions and 1.8 million views since it was posted on Wednesday.

Park officials said visitors should stay 100 yards away from bears and wolves, and remain 25 yards away from other animals, like bison and elk.

"This individual was well beyond that limit". In June, a bison there gored a woman after a crowd surged within feet of it, according to the park. "That's another thing. Even if you're 30-yards from an animal, if your behavior influences that animal's behavior, you're too close".

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On Thursday, August 2, after the video surfaced, the Assistant U.S. Attorney requested the Reinke's bond be revoked, due to the egregious nature of the wildlife violation.

During this exchange, Reinke reportedly told rangers he had plans to travel to Glacier next. Yellowstone officials yesterday put in a quick phone call to their colleagues in Glacier. Responding rangers identified one of the guests as Reinke.

Glacier rangers took Reinke to Helena where they met Yellowstone rangers, who took him to Mammoth Hot Springs and booked him into the Yellowstone Jail. "We've got some great rangers working for the National Park Service, and that is clearly evident in how quickly this case unfolded".

He is scheduled to make a court appearance Friday.

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National Park Rangers arrest man caught on camera harassing bison