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Man accused of harassing Bison at Yellowstone National Park had string of drunken park incidents: officials

August 10, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Man accused of harassing Bison at Yellowstone National Park had string of drunken park incidents: officials

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Man accused of harassing Bison at Yellowstone National Park  had a string of drunken park incidents: officials

An Oregon man who was busted on video harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park was taken into custody in Glacier National Park in the third incident in under a week at a national park.

Rangers trying to track down Raymond Reinke of Pendleton, Oregon, discovered him causing a disturbance on Thursday at the historic Many Glacier Hotel in Montana park.

He remains in custody pending a hearing next week and has requested a court-appointed lawyer.

Raymond Reinke (hand-out)

The 55-year-old had been cited for drunken and disorderly conduct in a third national park, Grand Teton, last weekend and was released on $500 bond that ordered him to follow the law and avoid drinking.

He was cited again three days later for not using a seat belt and added that he appeared drunk.

They were not aware of Reinke’s bond terms at the time.

Reinke was cited after another Yellowstone visitor recorded him walking up to a bison in a roadway packed with stopped cars and waving his arms.

The animal charges him a few times, but Reinke doesn’t appear to get injured.

Yellowstone officials warn guests to stay at least 25 yards away from bison, which hurt tourists every year who get too close.

After the video gained attention on the internet and Yellowstone rangers found out about Reinke’s charges in Grand Teton, an assistant U.S. attorney requested his bond to be revoked. An arrest warrant was then issued.

He had told authorities that he intended to travel to Glacier National Park. Rangers were looking for his car when they received a report regarding two guests arguing and causing a disturbance at the Many Glacier Hotel.

Rangers identified one of those involved as Reinke, who was sent back to Yellowstone and appeared in court Friday.

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