Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
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Dumb tourist taunts bison in Yellowstone National Park

Dumb tourist taunts bison in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone rangers were able to connect Reinke's extensive history with the viral bison taunting video after receiving several wildlife harassment reports from concerned visitors.

Raymond Reinke, 55, of Pendleton, Oregon, was apprehended by Glacier National Park rangers around 10:45 p.m.Reinke had been traveling to multiple national parks over the last week, according to a Yellowstone National Park news release. He was released on bond the following day and traveled to Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone officials said its illegal to harass wildlife.

Rangers found Reinke in Glacier National Park after receiving calls of a disturbance between two people in the dining room of the Many Glacier Hotel.

Reinke was arrested Saturday by rangers at Grand Teton National Park for drunk and disorderly conduct, according to a press release. NPS said that Reinke spent the night in the Teton County Jail before being released on bond.

Reinke then traveled to Yellowstone National Park where rangers stopped his vehicle for a traffic violation on Tuesday. The ranger noted that Reinke appeared to be intoxicated and was argumentative. Reinke was a passenger in the vehicle and was cited for not wearing a seat belt. It is believed that following that citation he encountered the bison. "The video of the event surfaced after that citation had been issued".

Reinke's bond was revoked per the request of the Assistant U.S. Attorney on August 2 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The request was granted and a warrant was issued for Reinke's arrest Thursday.

Rangers identified that guest as - you guessed it - Raymond Reinke.

On Thursday, Aug. 2, Yellowstone rangers working with their counterparts in Grand Teton Park were able to connect the dots in Reinke's record of criminal activity in the two parks. The Yellowstone rangers transported Reinke to Mammoth Hot Springs and booked him into the Yellowstone Jail. He has a court appearance scheduled for Friday.

Park officials at Yellowstone said in a Facebook post on Thursday morning that the incident was being investigated.

The booking photo of Reinke is NOT from this bison incident.

On July 28, he was arrested by rangers at Grand Teton National Park for being drunk and disorderly.

"Feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intenentional disturbing of wildlife".

He remains jailed pending a hearing next week and has requested a court-appointed attorney.

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