Man arrested for taunting bison in Yellowstone National Park

Mindy Sparks
August 4, 2018

On July 28, he was arrested by rangers at Grand Teton National Park for a drunk and disorderly conduct incident. That's where rangers stopped his vehicle Tuesday for a routine traffic violation.

Yellowstone rangers were able to connect Reinke's extensive history with the viral bison taunting video after receiving several wildlife harassment reports from concerned visitors. Once the Yellowstone rangers connected the dots and realized the man was connected to multiple infractions as well as the wildlife harassment case an assistant US attorney requested his bond be revoked.

A press release from Yellowstone on Friday says that Reinke was arrested on Thursday at about 10:45 p.m.by Glacier National Park rangers. He was then taken to Mammoth Hot Springs and booked in the Yellowstone Jail. He was released on bond the following day and traveled to Yellowstone National Park. It includes numerous disorderly conduct charges. The request was granted and on the night of August 2, a warrant was issued for Reinke's arrest.

The man, 55-year-old Raymond Reinke of Pendleton, Oregon, was being sought after his bail was revoked following a string of citations in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park over the past week. He was scheduled to appear in court Friday. Responding rangers identified one of the guests as Reinke.

Once again, his own behavior provided the needed assistance, as shortly thereafter law enforcement officers were called to the dining room at Many Glacier Hotel, where two guests were involved in a loud argument and disturbance.

"Threaten/resist/intimidate/intent interfere with a government employee". His initial appearance on the three counts was scheduled at the Clifford P. Hansen Federal Courthouse on August 21. They didn't know of Reinke's bond conditions at the time.


Following his release, he traveled to Yellowstone National Park.

He was pulled over for a traffic violation on July 31 for not wearing a seat belt. Rangers noticed he appeared to be intoxicated and argumentative.

"We appreciate the collaboration of our fellow rangers in Glacier and Grand Teton national parks on this arrest", said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk.

"Feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intenentional disturbing of wildlife".

Rangers also issued Wyrick a citation for possession of a controlled substance.

He remains jailed pending a hearing next week and has requested a court-appointed attorney.

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