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Man pleads not guilty to several charges after taunting a bison in Yellowstone

Posted: Aug 09, 2018 11:22 AM Updated:

Raymond T. Reinke, the Oregon man seen on a now-viral video taunting a bison in Yellowstone National Park, pleaded not guilty to several charges on Wednesday in federal court in Wyoming.

Reinke, 55 years old, faces five charges: being under the influence of alcohol to a degree that endangers self or others; interference and resistance; unreasonable noise; open container of alcohol in a vehicle; and disturbing wildlife.

Reinke was arrested August 2 in Glacier National Park after he was identified in the video and had been on a tour of national parks in the region.

Authorities said he had been arrested in Grand Teton National Park on July 28 on a charge of drunken and disorderly conduct, and spent the night in jail. Three days later, he was stopped in Yellowstone Park and cited as a passenger failing to wear his seat belt. Authorities believe he left his car to taunt the bison after that.

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

Reinke is scheduled for trial August 23.

U.S. District Judge Mark Carman of Wyoming revoked Reinke's bond from Grand Teton and ordered that he remain in jail until trial. 

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