FILE PHOTO: A man in Wyoming challenged a bison in Yellowstone National Park. Park officials say that visitors should stay 25 yards away from the wild animal.
Photo: Michael Cohen/Getty Images
Photo: Michael Cohen/Getty Images

Bison stops traffic in Yellowstone; man who challenges it arrested

Traffic through the park was at a standstill as a bison crossed the roadway. As cars were either slowed or completely stopped, a man decided to taunt the bison, growling at the large, wild animal, KRTV reported.

The entire wild encounter was caught on video.

Raymond Reinke, 55, of Pendleton, Oregon, was arrested Thursday at about 10:45 p.m. by Glacier National Park rangers, KRTV reported

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According to a news release, Reinke was arrested July 28 by law enforcement rangers at Grand Teton National Park for a drunk and disorderly conduct incident, KRTV reported. He spent the night in the Teton County Jail and was released on bond. 

Three days later he went to Yellowstone, where rangers stopped his vehicle for a traffic violation, the television station reported. He was cited as a passenger for failure to wear a seat belt. It is believed that after that traffic stop, Reinke encountered the bison, KRTV reported.

Reinke’s bond was revoked on Aug. 2 and he was arrested, the television station reported.

Park officials say to stay at least 25 yards away from bison, and even turn around instead of interacting with them, KRTV reported, which is clearly what Reinke did not do. The bison charges him as he runs away. 

Visitors to the park are told to stay 100 yards away from bears and wolves, KRTV reported.

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