Video: Yellowstone visitor messes with the bison, gets the horns

Published August 3 2018
Updated August 3 2018

An Oregon man is facing charges after he was captured on video taunting a bison in Yellowstone National Park — one of several run-ins with law enforcement, wildlife and apparently booze as he took a tour of several parks over the last week.

Raymond Reinke, 55, is facing a number of charges in connection with a number of incidents, NBC Montana reported.

The incident that has gone viral was captured on video Tuesday. Reinke can be seen in it walking in front of crawling traffic as a bison meanders through cars and onto the shoulder of the road.

Reinke then gestures toward the woods and makes a snorting noise, similar to one a bison would make.

The bison then charged him before walking off.

Prior to that incident, Rangers said he was arrested Saturday at Grand Teton National Park on a charge of drunk and disorderly conduct. He posted bail the following morning and was released.

When he traveled to Yellowstone, he got a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt wile he was a passenger in a vehicle. Rangers also noted that he was intoxicated and argumentative during that encounter.

Rangers believed he came upon the bison sometime after that, but no action was taken because law enforcement wasn’t yet involved.

But later that night, rangers received reports that Reinke was harassing other wildlife and gave him a citation.

Rangers later saw the viral bison video and realized they had another case against Reinke and started looking for him. Rangers at another park found him after responding to a fight at a hotel dining room — and finding he was one of the people involved.

He then was delivered back to Yellowstone Rangers.