Wild horses caught in the middle: ‘Range war’ with BLM

Picture by John Locher

As was mentioned in a previous article, the Bundys are not poor. They could have afforded to pay the grazing fees had they chosen to. Instead they twist their Mormon faith and the fact that they have lived there several generations into an excuse that not only should they not pay grazing fees but that they are also above Federal law. The wild horses are caught in the middle of this ridiculous and dangerous childish game these ranchers are playing. ~ HfH

‘Range war’ with BLM: Hundreds rally for Nevada cattle rancher

From: LA Times
By: John Glionna

Picture by John Locher

Picture by John Locher

As the U.S. government begins seizing cattle from federal land, a daughter of Cliven Bundy says the family won’t give up the area their Mormon ancestors ‘created the rights to.’

LAS VEGAS — Wielding signs and slogans, several hundred demonstrators rallied Monday to support beleaguered Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy after authorities began to seize his cattle from federal land.

Protesters had responded to an alert that promised: “Range war begins at the Bundy ranch at 9:30 a.m. We’re going to get the job done!”

Federal officials say Bundy is illegally running cattle in the 600,000-acre Gold Butte area, habitat of the federally protected desert tortoise. A federal judge ruled last year that if Bundy did not remove his cattle, they could be seized by the Bureau of Land Management. That seizure began Saturday.
Bundy and his supporters remain unbowed.

“We have hundreds of people here standing behind us,” said Bundy’s daughter Bailey Logue, 22, during a telephone interview Monday from the family ranch, as a rooster crowed in the background. “We’re letting these federal people know that the Bundy family is not the only ones who care what happens to this land.”

Bundy, 68, has refused to pay BLM grazing fees since 1993, arguing in court filings that his Mormon ancestors worked the land long before the BLM was formed, giving him rights that predate federal involvement. His back fees exceed $300,000, he says. The government puts the tab above $1 million.
Federal authorities have closed off the Gold Butte area and are rounding up what they call “trespass cattle,” many of which belong to Bundy. By Monday, 134 cattle had been impounded, according to the BLM website.

“Cattle have been in trespass on public lands in southern Nevada for more than two decades. This is unfair to the thousands of other ranchers who graze livestock in compliance with federal laws and regulations throughout the West,” the BLM said on its website.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Ziggypope

    He is certainly the poster boy for the arrogant and holier-than-thou rancher mentality. By God, the BLM better the follow the law, but not him. Wild horse people better follow the law, but not them.

    He is a cheater, pure an simple.

    April 9, 2014
  • Janet Schultz

    This infuriates m considering our lawful attempts to find a compromise between the multi-use of the federal land and the legitimate, protected lives of the wild horses and burros. Bundy will lose this fight, he has no standing but like zombies in a horror flick, all the feral humans living in their remote little homes will gather, waving pitchforks and lanterns demanding their rights. This fight is NOT about this country, their silence and encouragement for the disposal of the wild horses makes that very clear. This is a fight for them (their feral culture) to remain free of accouuntability and enamored with their “tradition” of brutalizing animals and shucking and jiving the public with their clean food mantra. Won’t it be nice to get some rational politicians in office and get these so-called “producers” (welfare recipients) in the light of day which will cause them cleared off our land? I mean, do any of them know how to read?

    April 9, 2014
    • dear Janet , thank you for saying exactly how I feel also !!!!!!

      April 9, 2014