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Federal land worker threatened on Utah highway 

Protesters close to Bundy Ranch

Our government has unbalanced ways of handling protesters here in the United States. Take the example of 25 year old Cecily McMillan who elbowed a police officer during the Occupy protests that happened in 2012 – she is receiving a 7 year sentence. People point deadly weapons at Federal officials, and our government aids the gun wielding maniacs any way they can to keep the peace. The BLM tells their people to stay away from them – even though the protesters are preventing officials from reaching Federally managed lands. Ranchers and state officials just over the border in Utah broke Federal law and round up wild horses… and the BLM assisted them. There is an imbalance here that needs to be addressed. Meanwhile the wild horses are the ones in between who are being harmed. ~ HfH

From: The Huffington Post
By: Brady McCombs

Protesters close to Bundy Ranch

Protesters close to Bundy Ranch

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is warning its workers in Utah to be on alert after two men threatened an agency wrangler on the state’s main highway by pulling out a weapon and holding up a sign that read, “‘You need to die.”

The incident occurred Tuesday before noon on Interstate 15 about 90 miles south of Salt Lake City, said BLM spokeswoman Megan Crandall. A BLM employee was driving his agency vehicle and pulling a trailer when the two hooded men came up alongside him in a dark blue Dodge truck and flashed an obscene hand gesture, she said.

Then, they pulled out the sign and flashed a firearm.

Nobody was hurt, as the men sped away, Crandall said. The BLM officer wasn’t able to get the license plate number because it was covered by what appeared to be duct tape, she said.

An investigation is underway, but there are no suspects and very little to trace. This is the first incident of this type in recent years, she said.

The threat comes during a time of tension between some Western residents and the Bureau of Land Management over how the agency is overseeing public lands.

Last month, the BLM stopped rounding up Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle after a showdown with hundreds of Bundy supporters, some of them armed. Bundy, a states’ rights advocate who refuses to acknowledge the authority of the federal government, owes more than $1 million in fees and penalties for letting his cattle use government land over the past 20 years.

More recently, rural Utah ranchers and county leaders threatened to break federal law and round up wild horses this summer if the BLM doesn’t do it first. State wildlife officials voted to back the ranchers.

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