Suspect in Yellowstone bison incident arrested in neighboring park

Suspect in Yellowstone bison incident arrested in neighboring park

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Suspect in Yellowstone bison incident arrested in neighboring park

The tourist who was captured in video harassing a bison at Yellowstone National Park was arrested Thursday night for the second time in a week.

Raymond Reinke, 55, of Pendleton, Ore., was arrested by Glacier National Park rangers at approximately 10:45 at the Many Glacier Hotel, the Yellowstone National Park revealed Friday afternoon.

Glacier rangers turned Reinke over to Yellowstone rangers at Helena, Montana, late Thursday night. The suspect was then transported to Mammoth Hot Springs and booked into the Yellowstone Jail.

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

Reinke, traveling to several national parks over the last week, was first arrested on July 28 by law enforcement rangers at Grand Teton National Park for drunk and disorderly conduct. After a night in the Teton County Jail, he was released on bond.

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Next, at Yellowstone, his vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation on July 31.

“Reinke appeared to be intoxicated and argumentative,” a Yellowstone news release stated. “He was cited as a passenger for failure to wear a seat belt. It is believed that after that traffic stop, Reinke encountered the bison.”

Later that evening, park rangers found Reinke and issued a citation for his actions that required a court appearance. That was before the video surfaced.

After seeing his “egregious” wildlife violation and learning of his past indiscretions, the Assistant U.S. Attorney requested his bond be revoked and a warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest.

Reinke had told Yellowstone rangers his next stop was Glacier National Park, so rangers alerted rangers there to be looking for his vehicle.

As it so happened, rangers were responding to the Many Glacier Hotel because two guests were arguing and creating a disturbance in the dining room. One of those individuals was identified as Reinke.

Reinke was to scheduled to appear in court Friday.

Photo is a screen grab from the video.

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