Tourist Who Got Out Of Car To Taunt Bison Has Been Arrested
In what is possibly the most bizarre incident that you will hear about today, an American man has been arrested for taunting a bison in Yellowstone National Park.
Let's just unpack that for a second. The man, a 55-year-old named Raymond Reinke, was identified and arrested in Oregon for his role in a video that appeared to show him hollering and beating his chest at a bison, which caused the large animal to become distressed.
The footage was shot by another visitor to the park, Lindsey Jones, who spotted Reinke screaming at the poor creature as it stood nearby to a road. Reinke screaming at the poor creature as it stood nearby to a road.
Because of the screaming, the bison charged at Reinke on a couple of occasions. He ran away at the time but kept coming back to bellow some more at it.
Several witnesses made complaints against Reinke for his harassment of the poor bison.
He was eventually arrested by the cops for "drunk and disorderly conduct" in Grand Teton National Park, which is in Oregon. He has since been released on bail.
It wasn't just the bison that caught the wrong end of Reinke's temper, either. He was also allegedly part of an argument in a hotel dining room on the same day.
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It's not exactly clear what charges will eventually be levelled at him. You'd have to imagine there will be some though.
A statement released by Yellowstone National Park read: "The individual's behaviour in this video is reckless, dangerous, and illegal,
"We need people to be stewards of Yellowstone, and one way to do that is to keep your distance from wildlife.
"Park regulations require people to stay at least 25 yards from animals like bison and elk, and 100 yards from bears and wolves.
"These distances safeguard both visitors and the remarkable experience of sharing a landscape with thousands of freely-roaming animals. People who ignore these rules are risking their lives and threatening the park experience for everyone else."
The officials who picked him up said that he told them he was planning to move on to Glacier National Park after his visit to Yellowstone. The officials there called ahead to alert staff at that park after the incident.
It was there that he was discovered and got himself involved in the alleged incident involving another guest in the Many Glacier Hotel's dining room.
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