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Yellowstone visitor who taunted bison arrested, officials say

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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 was arrested on Thursday evening after getting caught on video earlier this week “the harassment of bison” in Yellowstone National Park, officials announced.

Raymond Reinke, 55, who was on a trip to several US parks in the week, was taken into custody by the Glacier National Park officials, a press release from Yellowstone officials said.

“We appreciate the cooperation of our fellow rangers in Glacier and Grand Teton national parks on this arrest. Harassing wildlife is illegal in a national park,” Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk said.

Since the end of July, Reinke was several times arrested, the officials stated in the release. On July 28, law enforcement rangers at Grand Teton National Park, took Reinke in custody ‘for drunk and disorderly behaviour incident”, after which he was included in the prison overnight.

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On July 31, Reinke are the way to Yellowstone, where the rangers pulled him over and found that he “appeared to be intoxicated and argumentative,” the officials said. It was after this encounter, when Reinke was given a citation, officials said that they believe that the bison confrontation occurred.

Suspect in Yellowstone bison incident arrested in Glacier National Park: details https://t.co/U5YV4ho9nP. pic.twitter.com/t5L9nGNs97

— YellowstoneNPS (@YellowstoneNPS) August 3, 2018

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 quickly retreated in the opposite direction.

“Yellowstone rangers received a number of wildlife harassment reports from concerned visitors and found Space later in the evening, the issuance of a citation a court appearance,” the press release said. “The video of the event surfaced after that quote was given.

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“On Thursday, August 2, Yellowstone rangers connected Reinke’s extensive history, and seeing the serious nature of the wildlife violation, the Assistant-Procurator of the V. S. asked for his bond to be revoked. The request was granted, and on the night of August 2, a warrant is issued for Reinke’s arrest,” the release continued.

During a search followed for Reinke’s car, Glacier National Park rangers were called to a hotel due to two guests “arguing and creating a disturbance in the dining room of the hotel,” one of them was found to be Reinke, the officials said.

Reinke has since been booked in the Yellowstone Jail.

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