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Yellowstone bison

Bison at Yellowstone National Park.

Authorities have arrested a man they say was caught on tape harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park.

A judge revoked the bond of Raymond Reinke, 55, of Pendleton, Oregon, upon the request of a prosecutor who viewed a viral video of a man confronting a bison and running away. The man in the video, authorities say, is Reinke.

In the video, captured by Lindsey Jones of Elko, Nevada, a man steps in front of the bison amid cars that had stopped to apparently let the animal pass. The bison lowers its head and takes steps toward him. The man runs away before repeating the process again.

Reinke was cited for the incident before the video went viral.

Before the revocation, Reinke was free on bond following a July 28 drunk and disorderly conduct arrest. He told rangers he planned to visit Glacier National Park.

After the judge signed off on Reinke’s probation revocation, rangers in the park began looking for his car.

When rangers responded to the Many Glacier Hotel dining room for a disturbance, they found Reinke arguing with another guest and creating a disturbance, the National Park Service said.

He was also cited for failing to wear a seat belt on Monday.

Reinke was booked into Yellowstone jail on Friday and expected to appear in court the same day.

“We appreciate the collaboration of our fellow rangers in Glacier and Grand Teton national parks on this arrest,” Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk said in a news release. “Harassing wildlife is illegal in any national park.”

Reinke’s court-appointed lawyer was not immediately available for comment Friday afternoon.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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