National Park Rangers arrest man caught on camera harassing bison

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According to the press release, Reinke has been traveling to national parks over the last week.

While the video is bound to draw some laughs, a spokesman for Yellowstone's public affairs office called the man's behavior "reckless, dangerous, and illegal".

The Park Service says on Saturday, July 28, he was arrested at Grand Teton National Park for being drunk and disorderly. He spent the night in jail and was released on bail. He was cited as a passenger for failure to wear a seatbelt.

While in Yellowstone, Reinke had told rangers that he planned to go to Glacier National Park.

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This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning. Rangers believe after that incident, he encountered the bison.

Yellowstone rangers reported receiving an onslaught of wildlife harassment reports from visitors regarding the incident.

"This isn't an everyday occurrence that this teamwork happens, but it does when we have opportunities like this", said Lauren Alley, a spokesperson for Glacier National Park. "If you see something, say something". "We've got some great rangers working for the National Park Service, and that is clearly evident in how quickly this case unfolded". "The come to these extraordinary places to witness wildlife and they must be stewards of these areas for their own safety and for the safety of the park".

Later that evening, park rangers found Reinke and issued a citation for his actions that required a court appearance. "When law enforcement saw the video it certainly elevated the situation".

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"Seeing the egregious nature of the wildlife violation, the assistant USA attorney requested his bond be revoked", the Park Service said in Friday's announcement of Reinke's arrest. Two guests were reportedly arguing and creating a disturbance in the hotel dining room. One of those individuals was identified as Reinke.

On Thursday, Aug. 2, Yellowstone rangers working with their counterparts in Grand Teton Park were able to connect the dots in Reinke's record of criminal activity in the two parks.

He was taken back to Yellowstone and booked into jail.

"We have a regulation in Yellowstone that requires people to stay at least 25 yards away from bison, elk and other animals, and 100 yards from wolves and bears", says Yellowstone National Park Spokesman Neal Herbert. The bison confrontation was just one of a number of alleged incidents across National parks over the course of a week.

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