Man Arrested For Taunting A Yellowstone Bison

Aug 3, 2018

A man was arrested Friday, August 3, for harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park. Earlier this week, Oregon native, Raymond Reinke, was caught on video taunting a on a road in the national park.

In a news release, Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk said, “We appreciate the collaboration of our fellow rangers in Glacier and Grand Teton national parks on this arrest. Harassing wildlife is illegal in any national park.”

Yellowstone rangers connected Reinke with several law enforcement encounters over the past weeks, including a drunk and disorderly incident and a traffic violation.

According to the news release, once the connection was realized his bond was withdrawn and a warrant went out for his arrest. Glacier National Park rangers found him because of a disturbance in a hotel dining room. He has been transported to the Yellowstone Jail and was scheduled to appear in court Friday, August 3.

UPDATE

 Raymond Reinke claimed he’s not guilty at the Yellowstone Justice Center on Wednesday, August 8th.

His list of charges is exhaustive. In Yellowstone National Park, Reinke is accused of disturbing wildlife and carrying an open container of alcohol in a car. And the Grand Teton National Park also charged Reinke with being aggressive and dangerous under the influence and resisting arrest.

The court denied bail and he will remain in custody until his August 23rd trial.