Man taunts bison, gets arrested for national park crime spree

Last week Tuesday, witnesses at Yellowstone National Park recorded 55-year-old Raymond Reinke aggressively taunting an adult bison.

The video shows Reinke grunting and flexing his arms at the animal, and miraculously walk away unscathed. It seems even the bison didn’t have time for his crap.

Reinke might have avoided the bison, but didn’t avoid the park authorities. Last week Thursday, Reinke was arrested while visiting Glacier National Park. The authorities there cited him for both a traffic violation and for not wearing a seatbelt. Last month in Wyoming, Reinke was arrested for drunken indecency at another national park. . When stopped by park officials, Reinke was described as “intoxicated and argumentative.”

It seems Reinke was trying to set some kind of record of how many parks he could unsettle, because soon after his shenanigans at Wyoming, he started harassing a bison at Yellowstone. Yellowstone eventually issued a warrant for his arrest, which never happened until he was caught at Many Glacier Hotel, NBC news reported.

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Gepostet von Yellowstone National Park am Donnerstag, 2. August 2018

The 55-year-old’s demeanor clearly did not improve after run-ins with the law, because shortly thereafter, the bison incident occurred. Following the antagonization, he was reported by many of the onlookers for wildlife harassment and received a citation from the park. That was until they saw the viral video. Connecting the dots from the Tetons to Yellowstone, Yellowstone park upped the charges and issued a warrant for his arrest.

Glacier Park officials brought him back to Yellowstone, where he has been booked into a Yellowstone jail in Mammoth Hot Spring, Wyoming, ending his streak of disturbance in the national parks.

“We need people to be stewards of Yellowstone, and one way to do that is to keep your distance from wildlife,” explained Dan Wenk, the superintendent of Yellowstone, on the park’s official Facebook page. Reinke’s actions is an example of why we should never disturb wildlife, as it not only frustrates and stress them, but it can result in danger for you and other people you’re around. Exercise caution in these kinds of places.


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Xain Storey

Xain is the co-founder and editor of BroFeed. He spends most of his time researching bioculturalism, building epic fantasy worlds, and wondering why people still trust their governments.

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