Most visitors to Yellowstone National park hope to see wild animals and incredible geothermal activity. Instead, a few witnessed and recorded 55-year-old Raymond Reinke aggressively charging a full grown bison. “Oh God no, no—I can’t watch” shouts the filmer when Reinke grunted and flexed his arms at the 1,400-pound animal. Somehow Reinke was able to walk away from the encounter unharmed—apparently, the bison felt it had better use for its time than to gore a tourist.
While Reinke managed to escape the bison, he was not able to evade the park authorities. The New York Times reports that the 55-year-old from Pendleton, Oregon, was arrested on Thursday while visiting Glacier National Park. It turns out that his antics weren’t just isolated to Yellowstone: he’s been making a fuss at other parks, too. While visiting Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on July 28th, he was arrested for drunken indecency, which he spent a night in jail for. Then on Tuesday, Reinke was cited for both a traffic violation and for not wearing a seatbelt. When stopped by park officials, Reinke was described as “intoxicated and argumentative.”
The 55-year-old’s demeanor clearly did not improve after run-ins with the law, because shortly thereafter, the bison incident occurred. Following the antagonization, he was reported by many of the onlookers for wildlife harassment and received a citation from the park. That was until they saw the viral video. Connecting the dots from the Tetons to Yellowstone, Yellowstone park upped the charges and issued a warrant for his arrest.
He would not be apprehended, however, until a visit to Glacier National Park, where he was arrested following an argument with another guest at the Many Glacier Hotel, according to NBC News. Park officials took action again after his third disturbance in less than a week, and they quickly realized that Reinke already had a warrant out for his arrest. Glacier Park officials brought him back to Yellowstone, where he has been booked into a Yellowstone jail in Mammoth Hot Spring, Wyoming, ending his terror on the national parks.
There’s a reason that 25 yards are the required—not suggested—distance to stay away from bison and elk. “We need people to be stewards of Yellowstone, and one way to do that is to keep your distance from wildlife,” explained Dan Wenk, the superintendent of Yellowstone, on the park’s official Facebook page. Though Reinke serves as an extreme example of reckless misbehavior, his actions are an important reminder that interfering with wildlife is never acceptable.