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