Cliven Bundy owes U.S. more than all other ranchers combined

Public lands livestock operators each cost taxpayers nearly a quarter of a million dollars in subsidies over the last decade. Cliven Bundy is one of them.

This should put things in perspective for all the cattle ranchers and others who rushed to support Cliven Bundy. ~ HfH

From: EE Publishing

Cliven Bundy

Cliven Bundy

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy owes more money to the federal government than what all other ranchers owe collectively in late grazing fees, according to new data obtained from the Bureau of Land Management.

Of the roughly 16,000 ranchers who graze cattle on BLM lands, 458 have late grazing bills totaling $237,000, according to agency data.

Compare that to the more than $1 million Bundy owes Uncle Sam for refusing to pay grazing fees on his Bunkerville, Nev., allotment beginning in 1993 and for trespassing fees he has been accruing since 1998.

It suggests Bundy, whose high-profile standoff with BLM over the roundup of his cattle in early April rekindled a national debate over the federal government’s ownership of public lands, is an outlier among his rancher colleagues.

Of those 16,000 public lands ranchers, less than 1 percent have grazing bills that are more than two months past due, BLM said.

Ranchers graze cattle, sheep and other livestock on the more than 21,000 allotments on 155 million acres of BLM lands. They pay $1.35 per month for each cow and calf on both BLM and Forest Service lands, a fee far below what is charged to graze on private or state lands. BLM did not indicate how many ranchers may owe trespass fees, which would be separate from the grazing fees.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
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  • mustang man

    I find it interesting that only with the Government and grazing is it allowable to not pay your rent. Try this with your land lord. Your mortgage holder,k your car payment or your taxes. You wont get away with not paying the IRS for 20 years. You wont get more then 5 years form them before they start taking your paycheck, your assets or anything else that can be sold. What does financial turn down have to do with paying your bills? Pay or get off, kick them off, they don’t own this lease land after all.

    June 9, 2014