Man who harassed Yellowstone bison cited for disturbances in other national parks

In this Aug. 3, 2016 photo, a herd of bison grazes in Yellowstone National Park. An Oregon man who was caught on video harassing a bison in the park has been arrested in Glacier National Park. | Associated Press photo by Matthew Brown, St. George News

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — An Oregon man who was caught on video harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park was arrested in Glacier National Park in the third disturbance in less than a week at a national park, officials said Friday.

Rangers looking for Raymond Reinke of Pendleton, Oregon, found him causing a disturbance Thursday evening at the historic Many Glacier Hotel in the popular Montana park, the National Park Service said.

He remains jailed pending a hearing next week and has requested a court-appointed attorney. A message left at a phone listing for Reinke in Oregon was not immediately returned.

Reinke, 55, 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.

Yellowstone rangers cited him three days later for not wearing a seat belt and noted that he appeared intoxicated, park officials said. They didn’t know of Reinke’s bond conditions at the time.

Reinke was later cited after another Yellowstone visitor took video of him walking up to a bison in a roadway congested with stopped cars and waving his arms. The animal charges him a couple of times, but Reinke doesn’t appear to get hurt.

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

After the video gained attention online and Yellowstone rangers learned of Reinke’s charges in Grand Teton, an assistant U.S. attorney asked that his bond be revoked. A warrant was issued for Reinke’s arrest.

He had told rangers he planned to travel to Glacier National Park. Rangers there were looking for his vehicle when they got a report about two guests arguing and creating a disturbance at Many Glacier Hotel.

Rangers identified one of the guests as Reinke, who was sent back to Yellowstone and appeared in U.S. court Friday.

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9 Comments

  • Marduk August 4, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Wow.

  • hiker75 August 4, 2018 at 6:55 am

    This guy should be kept out of parks! Permanently. I was hoping the bison would get him.

    • DB August 4, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      Sometimes the bison does get the upper edge. I don’t remember if it was this year or last, but a bison injured or killed a tourist trying to get a selfie with one. Any time I’m in a national park, I don’t need to look for wildlife. I only need to watch for the traffic jam. Wildlife found.

      • mesaman August 4, 2018 at 8:47 pm

        I would suggest he should be required to complete 500 hours of public service; at least 250 of these hours following the burrows up and down the Grand Canyon trail with a scoop and a bucket. The remaining 250 spent among the western area national parks, scrubbing and cleaning toilets in the campgrounds. Okay, ACLU?

  • UT1 August 4, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I’m glad that drunk was arrested, hopefully he will never be allowed to return to any National Park sites again. The only thing that would have made this world a better place would be if he was fatally attacked by that bison, there’s no room in society for that fool.

  • Striker4 August 4, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    To bad the headline didn’t read …Man killed by Buffalo For being stupid

    • Real Life August 5, 2018 at 11:58 am

      You calling somebody stupid is the very definition of irony.

  • bsalmoo August 4, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    ….seemed likely if he ‘remains jailed’ that he was probably not going to answer his phone.

  • Mike P August 5, 2018 at 11:35 am

    What the @#$@’s up with this guy?

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