Raymond Reinke pleaded guilty in federal court to four charges of misconduct in national parks, including taunting a bison in Yellowstone National Park in late July.
Reinke was arrested in early August after a viral video surfaced of him waving his arms and running toward a bison, notes KTMF.
Reinke was originally charged with five misdemeanors, but had his charges reduced to four in exchange for his guilty plea.
Judge Mark Carman sentenced Reinke to 60 days in jail for the bison incident, 60 days for interfering with law enforcement and 10 days for disorderly conduct, for 130 days total in jail, with credit for 21 days served.
Reinke, a self-described alcoholic, apologized to the bison in court: “I’m sorry to the buffalo. He didn’t deserve what I did to him. I’m sorry, I really didn’t mean to hurt that buffalo.”
Judge Carman said, “You chased and hounded the bison. You’re lucky the bison didn’t take care of it, and you’re standing in front of me.”
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