BLM ends roundup of Bundy cattle

Even though Cliven Bundy owes us, the American People, money for lease fees he never paid, he will still benefit from the sale of the stray cattle gathered that may or may not be his. A later update states that at least some of the cattle were returned to the lands where they were illegally grazing. As Jerry Finch, President and Founder of Habitat for Horses, so eloquently wrote earlier today – the real losers in this confrontation are the wild horses that are still being shipped off to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. You can read his excellent thoughts on this here: ~ HfH

From: 8 News Now Las Vegas
By: George Knapp

Bundy's cattle has been illegally grazing on Federally managed lands for 20 years.

Bundy’s cattle has been illegally grazing on Federally managed lands for 20 years.

LAS VEGAS — A deal has been reached between the Bundy family and the Bureau of Land Management over the cattle that the agency rounded up earlier this week.

After some tense moments Saturday afternoon, the BLM agreed to release the confiscated animals back to the family.

The BLM announced it would stop the roundup of cattle owned by rancher Cliven Bundy Saturday morning. The BLM says the animals have been illegally grazing on public lands for 20 years and has spent the past week gathering the cattle from land near Gold Butte.

The agency said it was stopping the roundup because of concerns about the safety of its employees and the public. Earlier this week, BLM officers and supporters of the Bundy family were involved in a scuffle. Cliven Bundy’s son, Ammon Bundy, was tased twice by federal agents. Another woman said she was thrown to the ground by an officer.

With more Bundy supporters pouring in from around the country, safety concerns began to grow.

8 News NOW

The I-Team has learned the deal to end the gather was brokered by Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie.

According to sources, the BLM wants to proceed with the sale of the cattle already gathered during the roundup but is reportedly willing to share the revenue from the sale with Bundy.

AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Kate Mabry

    This is a disgrace and a tragedy that the Bundy family has been allowed to break our federal laws for 20 years. Too little, too late. Once again, ranchers win and wild horses lose. Where is the rationality common sense and enforcement of our laws? BLM Management should be fired. How cowardly to bow down to a law breaker. The Bundy’s should be in jail and their cattle confiscated and sold with proceeds going to support the wild horse and burro program. This is outrageous.

    This is despicable.

    April 13, 2014
  • Morgan Griffith

    What a bunch of BULL. The horse advocates abide by the law, and we get nothing. These thugs threaten the officers and once again get a free ride. sort of tells you how to get things done unfortunately

    April 13, 2014
  • Mustang Man

    Go cattle people. WOW they can stick together and show up at a gather and protest and make such a ruckus the BLM stops. They dont seem to be scared of armed cops or even K9’s. Advocates would have been crying and running down the road forgetting their cars crapping their pants. Horse advocates will blog and cry about the BLM having guns and dogs and go buy another Starbucks. LOL Imagine people if we had just done this once or twice in the last 40+ years, what would have happened. Now go buy yourselves a crying towel,blog more and be discusted. No wondering on my part why they win and we loose. we are our own worst enemies while they all laugh at us.

    April 13, 2014
  • sherriey

    “BUNCH OF BULL” indeed!!!!! more to this then meets the eye….wonder what the rest of the story is????….besides what they want us to hear…?

    April 13, 2014
  • judye michaels

    Any chance we advocates could hire the mafia and make a wrong right?
    Is that what it would take to bring justice to the west, save our wild horses and burros, and end Bundy’s BS???!!!!

    April 13, 2014
  • Louie C

    Most Wild Horse and Burro advocates don’t have enough money left over to go anywhere because they are spending most of it on lawsuits, investigations and rescue operations. They don’t come cheap. Being an advocate just doesn’t pay as well as does the cattle industry…in fact…it doesn’t pay at all.

    April 14, 2014
  • Louie C

    Some pretty nice vehicles at the protest in Nevada. Nothing against that, but it does show a distinct difference between ranchers and Wild Horse and Burro advocates.

    Wild Horse and Burro advocates have to car pool to get to events like this.
    Bundy Ranch 12 April Stand Up Preparations

    April 14, 2014
  • Louie C

    Its been a long, hard and uphill battle for Wild Horse and Burro advocates to even get media attention. What coverage they do get is often negative or incorrect.

    The hardy souls that stay with it refuse to give up and quietly work behind the scenes, day after day and night after night. They submit FOIAs, attend BLM Resource Advisory Council Meetings (where decisions are made), and some file IBLA complaints in order to counter a decision.

    That kind of advocacy doesn’t draw a crowd or make for as good a news story as the Bundy ranch protest.

    April 14, 2014
  • Betty

    Hello there George. MY anger is directed at the so-called horse advocates who who sit behind the safety of their keyboards and pound the same adjectives over and over and over: TRAVESTY! DISGRACE! TRAGEDY! UNFAIR! DESPICABLE! OUTRAGEOUS!
    “We” can’t even organize 50 people to go to a BLM horse roundup! And yet, we cry and complain because the cattle people have the balls to stand up face-to-face to the BLM?!
    All our groups are disconnected, even hateful towards each other.. One group resents the other for taking credit for this or for that.. another group doesn’t like the way the other group doesn’t give credit to someone else… So-and-so makes lousy horse documentaries so let’s not invite her… We don’t like the way she/he uses donations… I won’t go to a roundup unless so-and-so goes.
    No wonder the horses have no chance.
    We have SCORES if not a hundred wild horse advocacy groups, yet how is it possible we are losing horses? Pay attention to the blogs (not just for this article, but others as well) and you will see the answer: “someone needs to [insert action].” “can someone [insert action]…” “someone should [insert action]”. Translated, it honestly means “I wholly loathe this, but someone else has to take care of it.”
    We should take a lesson from those despicable, hateful cattle people, get off our asses, get over ourselves, and quit being our own enemy. Next time someone asks you what you’re willing to do for our wild horses, honestly ask yourself if YOU ARE WILLING to get in someone’s face. It’s called WALK THE WALK.

    April 14, 2014
  • Ellen

    I don’t think well to do people with guns who bully people into doing what they want have balls.

    April 18, 2014