Pendleton man who harassed bison in Yellowstone gets 130 days in jail

Pendleton man who harassed bison in Yellowstone gets 130 days in jail
Still of video showing Raymond Reinke harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park. (Source: Lindsey Jones)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – An Oregon man who was sentenced for drunken behavior in two national parks in Wyoming said he and his buddy were on a “last hurrah” tour before he entered alcohol treatment.

Raymond Reinke’s crimes drew national attention when at least one Yellowstone National Park visitor captured a video of him harassing a bison that had stopped traffic.

Reinke, of Pendleton, Oregon, pleaded guilty Thursday during a federal court appearance in Mammoth, Wyoming. He was sentenced to 130 days in jail – 60 days for harassing wildlife, 60 days for interfering with law enforcement and 10 days for disorderly conduct. He was given credit for 21 days served.

Reinke, 55, is banned from Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier national parks for a five-year probationary period, during which he is not allowed to drink alcohol. His planned chemical dependency treatment is now court-ordered.

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