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Oregon Man Caught In Viral Video Gets Jail For Harassing Yellowstone Bison

Matthew Brown
AP Photos
In this Aug. 3, 2016 photo, a herd of bison grazes in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park. An Oregon man has been sentenced to 130 days in jail after pleading guilty to misconduct in two national parks.

An Oregon man who plead guilty to harassing a Yellowstone bison will spend time in jail.


At the end of July, Raymond Reinke was caught on a video that went viral harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the Pendleton, Oregon man chased the bison around while waving his arms.


Park regulations say people have to stay 25 yards away from bison.


Before the Yellowstone incident, Reinke was cited in Grand Teton National Park for public intoxication and interfering with law enforcement. He later caused a disturbance in Glacier National Park where he was arrested.


After pleading guilty in federal court in Wyoming, a judge sentenced Reinke to 130 days in jail. He is now banned from Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier national parks for a five-year probationary period and he is not allowed to drink alcohol during that time.


The U.S. Attorney in the case described Reinke’s behavior as the “most egregious” case of animal harassment he’d seen in Yellowstone.


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