Glacier National Park rangers have arrested a man whose videotaped harassment of a bison in Yellowstone National Park has gone viral on social media, garnering millions of views.
Raymond Reinke, 55, was apprehended at 10:45 p.m. Thursday for harassing a bison Tuesday during his visit to Yellowstone National Park. His arrest follows a string of citations he received from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national park officers, which ultimately led authorities to issue a warrant for his arrest.
“We appreciate the collaboration of our fellow rangers in Glacier and Grand Teton national parks on this arrest,” Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk said in a statement Friday. “Harassing wildlife is illegal in any national park.”
Park rangers first arrested Reinke, of Pendleton, Oregon, on July 28 for drunk and disorderly conduct in Grand Teton. He spent the night in the Teton County Jail and was released on bond before heading to Yellowstone.
On Tuesday, Yellowstone rangers stopped his car for a traffic violation. Rangers cited Reinke, who was a passenger at the time, for failure to wear a seatbelt. Reinke appeared to be intoxicated during the traffic stop, according to the press release.
Park officials suspect that the bison encounter occurred after the traffic stop. Rangers found Reinke in Yellowstone later that evening and issued him a citation, requiring him to appear in court.
Simultaneously, due to the extent of his wildlife violation and previous citations, the Assistant U.S. Attorney requested his bond be revoked, and a warrant was issued.
Rangers in Glacier apprehended Reinke at the Many Glacier Hotel where he and another guest were arguing and creating a disturbance in the hotel dining room, according to the press release.
Glacier rangers transported Reinke to Helena, Montana, where he was transferred to Yellowstone rangers, who then brought him to Yellowstone’s jail in Mammoth Hot Springs. Reinke was scheduled to appear in court Friday.