An Oregon man was arrested Thursday night after getting caught on video earlier this week "harassing a bison" in Yellowstone National Park, officials announced. The National Parks Service said Glacier National Park rangers apprehended Raymond Reinke, 55, from Pendleton, Oregon at about 10:45 p.m. Thursday. The bison confrontation was just one of a number of alleged incidents across National parks over the course of a week.
According to Yellowstone officials, Reinke has spent the past week traveling to different national parks causing disturbances.
Reinke had been cited for drunken and disorderly conduct in a third national park, Grand Teton, last Saturday and was released on $500 bond that required him to follow the law and avoid alcohol. He was held overnight in the Teton County Jail. Rangers at Yellowstone stopped his vehicle for a traffic violation on Tuesday.
It's believed that shortly after that traffic stop, Reinke harassed and hazed that enormous bison that had slowed some traffic.More news: Urban Meyer aware of abuse allegations in 2015: Fired OSU coach
"We've stopped tracking the number of wildlife-human encounters because there are so many and a lot of them go unreported", park spokesperson Neal Herbert told Mountain Journal Friday. Reinke was found by rangers later that evening and was given a citation.
He was arrested again and transported to Helena, where Yellowstone rangers took Reinke to Mammoth Hot Springs, where he was booked into the Yellowstone jail, according to a press release. Simultaneous with that search, rangers responded to the Many Glacier Hotel because two guests were arguing and creating a disturbance in the hotel dining room. After the disturbing video at Yellowstone surfaced, park officials contacted rangers at Glacier.
His trip started on a rough note Sunday in Grand Teton National Park. He is scheduled for a court appearance on August 3. It includes numerous disorderly conduct charges. Rangers noticed he appeared to be intoxicated and argumentative.
Reinke is seen in the video walking behind the animal screaming at it.More news: Superbugs Are Turning Resistant to Alcohol Disinfectants, According To A New Study
"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.
"Feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intenentional disturbing of wildlife".
Rangers also issued Wyrick a citation for possession of a controlled substance.
He remains jailed pending a hearing next week and has requested a court-appointed attorney.More news: China warns of tariffs on imported United States goods worth $60bn