Yellowstone National Park responds to video of a man teasing a bison

  • Yellowstone National Park responds to video of a man teasing a bison

Yellowstone National Park responds to video of a man teasing a bison

Hancock, who was among a crowd of people that approached within 10 yards of the bison, was treated for a hip injury. The man continues to taunt the bison until it turns around and charges him.

Raw video: Onlookers watch in disbelief as man confronts huge bison that was blocking traffic.

A man has been branded "stupid and dumb" after he was caught on camera pounding his chest before immediately being charged at by a huge bison.

Jones posted the video on Facebook where it has since racked up more than 9,000 views and been shared more than 82,000 times.

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

The US National Park Service said 55-year-old Raymond Reinke of Pendleton, Oregon, caused a disturbance on Thursday in Many Glacier Hotel.

"The individual's behavior in this video is reckless, unsafe and illegal", a spokesman for the public affairs office of Yellowstone National Park told ABC News. Rangers said Reinke, who wasn't wearing a seatbelt, was intoxicated and argumentative. The animals can reportedly run three times faster than people, and are considered unpredictable, because they're, well, wild.

During his traffic stop, Reinke had told Yellowstone Park rangers that he planned to travel to Glacier National Park next.

Yellowstone rules dictate visitors give animals a wide berth, requiring them to stay at least 25 yards (meters) from bison and elk and 100 yards from predators such as wolves and bears. These distances safeguard both visitors and the experience of sharing a landscape with thousands of freely-roaming animals.

On June 6, Kim Hancock, 59, of Santa Rosa, California, was gored by a bison at Fountain Paint Pot in the Lower Geyser Basin, according to the NPS.