Man rudely taunts bison in Yellowstone National Park

Aug 08, 2018
05:30 A.M.
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55-year-old Raymond Reinke of Pendleton, Oregon was arrested after a video of him taunting a wild bison at Yellowstone National Park went viral.


A video report from ABC News uploaded on YouTube explained that the man had a past history of serial encounters with wild animals and has had several warnings issued against him.

The video of him taunting the Yellowstone bison was caught on tape by Lindsey Jones, who happened to be driving up the road. In her video, Reinke is seen standing in the middle of the road shouting at the wild animal.

Standing in the middle of traffic, Reinke is seen beating his chest and even provoking the bison to charge at him at one point. Fortunately, the bison backs down and does not cause him any harm. In the end, the bison and Reinke go their separate ways.


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According to the video report, Reinke is a regular visitor of national parks and he was also arrested on July 28 in Grand Teton National Park for his drunk and disorderly conduct. On that occasion, he was held overnight at the Teton County Jail.


On July 31, he traveled to Yellowstone and was cited for a traffic violation. According to the park rangers, Reinke was not wearing his seatbelt and was intoxicated.

Authorities are speculating that Reinke might have started taunting the wild bison after he was stopped by the rangers for the traffic violation.


After watching the video recorded by Jones, the authorities issued a warrant for his arrest.

Surprisingly, after causing much commotion at the Yellowstone National Park, Reinke went to Glacier National Park and was involved in a disturbance between two people in the dining room of Many Glacier Hotel.

Rangers caught Reinke and took him to the Yellowstone Jail without bond.

In the wake of the incident, it is advisable to people that visitors must stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards away from other wildlife as per a request from the Yellowstone National Park authorities.