Shoeless man shows the great bison in the Yellowstone National Park
Raw video: Spectators look on in disbelief as the man confronts a large bison that was blocking traffic.
An Oregon man who was caught on video seemingly antagonizing a bison in Yellowstone National Park was reportedly sentenced to 130 days in prison Thursday after entering a guilty plea to the charges against him.
Raymond Reinke, 55, pleaded guilty to four allegations of misconduct in the national parks, according to ABC Fox Montana. He reportedly reversed his original not guilty plea, resulting in a fifth charge getting dropped.
Enforcement of the law had numerous encounters with Space since the end of July as he was traveling in several U.S. parks, Yellowstone officials revealed in a press release announcement of his Aug. 2 arrest.
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He was eventually taken into custody after “Yellowstone rangers connected Reinke’s extensive history” and saw “the serious nature of the wildlife violation,” the press release said.
A spectator captured the moment on video, apparently see Reinke approach of a bison in the middle of the road. The animal initially walked away from him as he approached. But soon after, the bison turned and walked in the direction of Reinke, who skittered away. The animal then retreated in the opposite direction.
Judge Mark Carmon, who handed Reinke his sentence, rebuked him for the bison incident, according to ABC Fox Montana.
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“You have haunted and hunted the bison,” the judge said. “You’re lucky, the bison did not take, and you for me.”
Reinke was given 60 days for harassing wildlife and interfering with law enforcement, as well as 10 days for disorderly conduct, the outlet said. He was also reportedly given credit for 21 days already served.
In addition to a prison sentence, Reinke received five years of unsupervised probation, during which he must abstain from alcohol and drugs and not in Yellowstone, Glacier or Grand Teton National Parks, the news outlet said. He is allegedly also received drug and alcohol treatment.
“I’m sorry that I am the buffalo,” Reinke said Thursday. “He didn’t deserve what I did to him. I’m sorry, I really had not hurt that buffalo.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.