“Don’t Mess With the Bisons”: Oregonian Man Gets 130 Days in Jail for Harassing an Animal
SEATTLE – August 24, 2018
It’s a lesson most learn in kindergarten: one should always be caring and kind to animals and creatures one meets in nature. But it is not just a question of general kindness: failure to show respect might lead to punishment. That’s exactly what happened to an Oregonian resident who had forgotten this simple rule, local media reports.
An Oregon man who said he and his buddy were on a "last hurrah" tour through national parks before he entered alcohol treatment was sentenced Thursday to 130 days in jail for his drunken behavior, including harassing a bison that had stopped traffic in Yellowstone National Park.
Raymond Reinke's crimes drew national attention when at least one Yellowstone visitor caught his interaction with a bison on video.
Reinke, of Pendleton, Oregon, pleaded guilty during a federal court appearance in Mammoth, Wyoming, where cases from Yellowstone park are heard. U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Carman sentenced him to 60 days in jail 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.
"I'm sorry to the buffalo. He didn't deserve what I did to him," Reinke said.
U.S. Attorney Leo Pico described Reinke's behavior as the "most egregious" case of animal harassment he'd seen in Yellowstone.