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Bison Taunter Arrested After Hotel Disturbance

Raymond Reinke, 55, was apparently on a 'park crime spree'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2018 10:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Turns out Raymond Reinke wasn't just taunting bison this week. The 55-year-old Oregon man, who drew attention for provoking a bison at Yellowstone National Park, is under arrest after what USA Today calls a "national park crime spree." Seems it began July 28, when Reinke was arrested at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and charged with drunk and disorderly behavior. After a night in jail, he was let out on bond and cited July 31 at Yellowstone for not wearing a passenger seatbelt. Rangers say he "appeared to be intoxicated and argumentative," per People, and had his run-in with the bison later that day (see a bystander video here). Park rangers found Reinke and cited him with wildlife harassment.

That's when law enforcement got even more concerned, revoked his bond, and had a warrant issued for his arrest. Luckily Reinke had told rangers he was going to Glacier National Park, where he was found Thursday when Rangers responded to a disturbance call at the Many Glacier Hotel dining room. To no one's surprise, Reinke was involved. Now he's been sent back to Yellowstone and booked into jail. Seems the whole thing hinged on Yellowstone visitors reporting Reinke's wildlife harassment to park rangers: "We're thankful to those who reached out," says a Yellowstone public affairs officer. "When law enforcement saw the video it certainly elevated the situation." (Read more Yellowstone National Park stories.)

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