Yellowstone visitor taunts bison, prompts investigation for 'reckless' behavior


"Hancock and a crowd of people approached within ten yards of the bison while walking along a boardwalk".

As the bison charges towards the man again, Jones turns the camera away. "The man did not appear to be injured and we are unsure of what happened to him after as we moved forward with traffic", Jones said.

The bison can be heard making grunting noises in the video as he crosses the road and the unidentified man squares up. "I can't watch it", she's heard exclaiming in the video. As of Thursday afternoon, it had been viewed on Q2 more than 29,000 times.

Yellowstone National Park officials are now investigating, according to the station.

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On Thursday night, rangers at Glacier National Park apprehended a suspect: Raymond Reinke, 55, of Pendleton, Ore.

"From the park's perspective, this was absolutely egregious behavior", Morgan Warthin, Yellowstone public affairs officer, said. Ranger reported he was drunk and argumentative and he was ultimately cited for a seat belt violation on July 31. Bison are unpredictable and can run three times faster than humans. Rangers also responded to the Many Glacier Hotel because two guests were arguing and creating a disturbance in the hotel dining room. Yellowstone rangers then took Reinke to Mammoth Hot Springs and booked him into the Yellowstone Jail.

Past year there were five bison attacks in the park. "Approaching on foot within 100 yards of bears or wolves, or within 25 yards of other wildlife is prohibited. These distances safeguard both visitors and a remarkable experience of sharing landscape with thousands of freely roaming animals". "People who ignore these rules are risking their lives and threatening the park experience for everyone else".