An Oregon man who was caught on video seemingly antagonizing a bison in Yellowstone Nationwide Park was reportedly sentenced to 130 days in jail Thursday after coming into a responsible plea to the fees in opposition to him.
Raymond Reinke, 55, pleaded responsible to 4 expenses of misconduct in nationwide parks, in response to ABC Fox Montana. He reportedly reversed his unique not responsible plea, leading to a fifth cost getting dropped.
Regulation enforcement had quite a few encounters with Reinke since late July as he was touring throughout a number of U.S. parks, Yellowstone officers revealed in a information launch saying his Aug. 2 arrest.
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He was finally taken into custody after “Yellowstone rangers related Reinke’s in depth historical past” and noticed “the egregious nature of the wildlife violation,” the information launch mentioned.
An onlooker captured the second on video, seemingly displaying Reinke method a bison in the course of the highway. The animal initially walked away from him as he approached. However quickly after, the bison circled and ran towards Reinke, who skittered away. The animal then retreated in the wrong way.
Decide Mark Carmon, who handed Reinke his sentencing, admonished him for the bison incident, in response to ABC Fox Montana.
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“You chased and hounded the bison,” the decide mentioned. “You are fortunate the bison did not maintain it, and also you’re standing in entrance of me.”
Reinke was handed 60 days every for harassing wildlife and interfering with legislation enforcement, in addition to 10 days for disorderly conduct, the outlet mentioned. He was additionally reportedly given credit score for 21 days already served.
Apart from jail time, Reinke was given 5 years of unsupervised probation, throughout which he should abstain from alcohol and medicines and can’t enter Yellowstone, Glacier or Grand Teton Nationwide Parks, the information outlet mentioned. He reportedly additionally has to obtain drug and alcohol remedy.
“I am sorry to the buffalo,” Reinke mentioned Thursday. “He did not deserve what I did to him. I am sorry, I actually did not imply to harm that buffalo.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.