Idiotic Oregon man who took on a bison at Yellowstone National Park is sent to prison for his antics
The 55-year-old, whose video went viral earlier this month when he tried shooing a bison off the road, has been sentenced to spend 130 days in prison.
The man who was caught on video taunting a bison at the Yellowstone National Park last month has been sentenced to 130 days in jail by a judge in Wyoming. While one count of inappropriate conduct and the other count of being present in the park when under the heavy influence of alcohol were dismissed, the 55-year-old from Pendleton, Oregon has been sentenced to 60 days in prison for wildlife harassment. The other 70 days have resulted out of interfering with law enforcement and disorderly conduct.
Raymond Reinke made headlines earlier this month when a video of him chasing a bison went viral. In the video posted by Lindsay Jones (a visitor to the Park), Raymond can be seen getting out of his car and taunting the bison who initially isn't very welcoming of his approach. When Raymond went closer to it, the bison charged at him. However, eventually, it walks into the woods while the 55-year-old is seen making hand gestures to chase it away.
This is just one more instance of human/bison episodes that have been recorded at Yellowstone over the past few years. In another such incident, a 72-year-old woman was pounced upon by a bison near Old Faithful following which she was treated for minor injuries. Two years back a father and son were slammed after they apparently tried keeping a baby bison warm in the back of their SUV. The duo was ordered to pay a $230 fine and $500 contribution to the Yellowstone Park Foundation. The latest incident of the man and the bison at Yellowstone is now under investigation.
Superintendent, Dan Wenk, said, "The individual’s behavior 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."
Raymond has broken two guidelines that are strictly mentioned on the National Park Service website -- firstly, it is required to stay at least 25 yards away from the bison and secondly, never approach an animal as it can be extremely unpredictable. However, this won't be the first time that Raymond has been in jail.
He had earlier been arrested at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming for his drunk and disorderly behavior, following which he had to spend a night jail and was only released on bond. He was stopped at Yellowstone last month for not wearing a seatbelt as a passenger, just hours after which he was recorded chasing the bison. According to ABC Fox Montana, Raymond had apologized in court for his behavior, and said, " I'm sorry to the buffalo. He didn't deserve what I did to him. I'm sorry, I really didn't mean to hurt that buffalo." The man also has criminal charges against him dating back to 1991, but there are no felony offenses.
Watch the video of the man and the bison below: