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Feds Invade Nevada Ranch, Seize Cattle in Grazing Controversy

By United Press International

bundy_ranchThe federal Bureau of Land Management has moved to round up 900 of Cliven Bundy's cattle, causing an outcry over government overreach.

Bundy, 68, has been in a two-decade battle with the BLM over allowing his cattle to graze on public lands that surround his farm without paying grazing fees. The BLM finally decided to round up and seize the cattle, and closed the land until May 12 to give them time to get all the beef cows.

The herd has grown since 1993 and Bundy flatly refuses to pay the grazing fees, saying the family has been there since since 1870, well before the creation of the BLM in 1946. When the BLM came to round up the cows the family made a call for help.

"YOU HAVE BEEN ASKING WHAT YOU CAN DO! AND NOW ITS TIME!" they wrote on the Bundy family blog Sunday. "They have my cattle and now they have one of my boys. Range War begins at Bundy ranch at 9:30 a.m."

Bundy said they brought tanks and assault rifles.

"They're carrying the same things a soldier would," he said. "Automatic weapons, sniper rifles, top communication, top surveillance equipment, lots of vehicles. It's heavy soldier type equipment."

The son mentioned in the post was arrested after he took pictures of officials in a closed area. He had marks on his face he claimed were from the arrest.

"One put his knee on his head, the other put his boot on his head and pushed him into the gravel," Carol Bundy told the Washington Free Beacon. "He's got quite a bruised head. Just bruised him up pretty good."

Officials designated First Amendment areas around the public lands for the hundreds of people who arrived to protest the roundup, calling it government overreach.

"Whenever you designate an area, you're restricting it everywhere else," said another of Bundy's sons Ryan Bundy. "You didn't give people a First Amendment right, you took it away in every other location."

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) said the idea of protest zones and road closures "tramples upon Nevadans' fundamental rights under the U.S. Constitution," and called the roundup an "atmosphere of intimidation."

The BLM claims Bundy owes $1 million in grazing fees, but Bundy says it's more like $300,000.

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[NY Daily News]

[Washington Free Beacon]

[Bundy Ranch Blog]

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  1. gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
    April 10, 2014 @ 1:38 pm

    This is PUBLIC Land, Sir!

    If you use it as a grezing pasture, pay the people.

    The Land was protected and defended by We the Peop[le – pay your fee or give it up, so someone else can use it.

    There may be other issues, but, noone uses Public Land as an exclusive personal benifit.

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    • westtexanComment by westtexan
      April 10, 2014 @ 2:48 pm

      He is a people, HIS family was there first. I support him. He doesn’t have to pay “me”, also a “people”. The governments reaction is awful.

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    • stevearmyComment by stevearmy
      April 10, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

      Two things. First, if the government says he owes money why not use the court system? Why does one have to “steal” his cattle and bring out snipers. Second, looks like a move that Puten would use, cause unrest as an excuse to take over. What do you want to bet their goal is to get his property.

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    • m4040Comment by m4040
      April 10, 2014 @ 5:37 pm

      The land has been in use continuously by this family for well over a hundred years. In reality, most courts would award him that land. Look up the term “adverse possession”, which in most states says that if you’ve been using a piece of land exclusively for 20 years or more… it becomes YOURS.

      The feds are WELL AWARE of this, which is why their latest excuse is that the cattle are endangering a species of “desert turtle”… no kidding.

      Now you’ve got state senators and reps, sheriffs, selectmen, veteran’s groups and many other that have come to stand with this rancher. It’s become feds vs. state and local officials. The fed response has been to send battle-clad storm troopers to surround the ranch. They then CLEARLY violated the first amendment by ordering protestors into a fenced in “first amendment zone”. Luckily most of the protestors know their RIGHTS and are ignoring these orders. The groups standing with this rancher are now patrolling the property 24 hours a day.

      If I could afford the trip, I’d be there in a split second to stand with them!

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    • stevearmyComment by stevearmy
      April 10, 2014 @ 8:25 pm

      If I lose in court does that mean the Feds can steal my cattle, close roads and public property and attack people who have cameras and think that the Federal Government has over stepped its bounds? Kinda like Ruby Ridge and Waco, maybe. If they had the local sheriff come in and told the rancher to remove his cattle while the issue of payment is settled things may have gone a lot better, at least no State rights issue. But the Fed came in as storm troopers, hurting people and being “in your face”. Shutting down thousands of acres of BLM land is a government gone power mad. When I said early about his property being taken I am saying the Fed’s end state is emanate domain of his property. The Fed wants to teach those awful rangers who is in charge.

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  2. lihartkeComment by lihartke
    April 10, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

    This family has been ranching here since the 1800′s. the cows are eating weeds for God’s sake. This is about CONTROLLING THE PEOPLE nothing more. BLM is making a power move because they can. It IS PAST TIME the PEOPLE did away with these giant FEDERAL agencies and put the power back to the states. THROW OUT ANY POLITICIAN who believes in BIG GOV’t.

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    • calizuz1Comment by calizuz1
      April 11, 2014 @ 9:24 pm

      Good luck doing that in stupid states like NY and California.

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  3. bigdtootallComment by bigdtootall
    April 10, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

    This is a complex problem with several different perspectives in play but the “First Amendment Area” and the BLM snipers are very troubling. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail and the governor will stop the BLM from over stepping their bounds.

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    • m4040Comment by m4040
      April 10, 2014 @ 5:47 pm

      I would pay cold hard cash to watch state troopers arrive to place the feds under arrest for the violations of civil rights!

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    • calizuz1Comment by calizuz1
      April 12, 2014 @ 8:31 am

      Honestly, I have been around these type of people a good part of my life. They don’t back down easily. I even know of the people involved since they provided cattle for the Jr. Rodeo association I was in as a teenager. They are a tough breed, true blue Americans with their hearts and souls in the right place. This is a ‘state’ issue not a federal one.

      Reason for the takeover….Harry Reid wants to place a solar plant there…..Guess what, there are millions of acres of BLM land in Nevada where he can do this. Harry Reidtard can go suck an egg.

      Support the Bundy’s…

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  4. nhpollackComment by nhpollack
    April 10, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

    gopuc1245o,
    Bundy is one of “we the people” who own this land. I doubt his grazing is keeping you from using it. Why should he have to pay to clear weeds, fertilize and maintain the land we all use?

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    • m4040Comment by m4040
      April 10, 2014 @ 5:50 pm

      This isn’t about one rancher or a few acres of land. The BLM (Burea of Land Management) now claims that grazing may cause harm to the “endangered desert turtle”. They have demanded that all cattle be removed. They have now shut down 1,200 square miles of public land, and are RIGHT NOW attempting to seize any and all cattle on that land.

      Nevada Senator Dean Heller has accused the BLM of “over-reaching”, and has now expressed that he is, “extremely concerned about the size of this closure and disruptions with access to roads, water and electrical infrastructure.”

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    • nhpollackComment by nhpollack
      April 10, 2014 @ 8:14 pm

      m4040,
      I’m well aware of what it’s all about. It’s about an out of control lawless federal government. I’m 68 and was hoping to spend my “Golden Years” in pastoral bliss with my wife on our little corner of heaven in the mountains of rural Western Colorado. Doesn’t look too likely at this point and even if the American electorate performs an autocraniorectalectomy, it’s still going to take at least a decade to start turning it around.

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  5. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    April 10, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

    “Whenever you designate an area, you’re restricting it everywhere else,” said another of Bundy’s sons Ryan Bundy. “You didn’t give people a First Amendment right, you took it away in every other location.”

    Well, said!

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  6. gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
    April 10, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

    I have been hiking and camping on the Western BLM Lands, since the seasonal fee was $5.00. That’s been a while.
    This land is in Trust, and available for public usage at little or no fee, on first-come basis.

    Most ranchers are very fine people, and use any open land adjcent to their own. On occasion, one appears that think they have sovereignty over all land they graze on.
    Irrespective of ‘how long’ they have been using land that was not their’s by purchase, it IS Public Land.

    Seems this ranch has the idea, that after so long the land defaults to them.

    This is one of very, very few times I will agree with the government’s position.

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    • westtexanComment by westtexan
      April 10, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

      I disagree, as the rancher is a citizen and a member of the public. The government is wrong and fascist in this response. The Federal government owns “far too much” public land.

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    • gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
      April 10, 2014 @ 3:46 pm

      Now you Folks sound a lot like the Liberals.

      “Thers’s a Law, but we do not want to apply this one to our buddy”.

      OK, are there any other laws that you do not want to apply?

      Second Ammendment?

      That said, the goverment has a lot more to be concerned with than a flatulent cow.

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    • slowhandComment by slowhand
      April 10, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

      It might be fashionable to blame the government for everything right now but I don’t think their position is as wrong as many make it out to be.

      To me, unless someone can provide me details, the key is in the last paragraph where Bundy openly acknowledges that he owes the government some big bucks. Maybe not as much as the government claims but nonetheless it proves that he was freeloading off of a fee-required system for quite some time.

      What is way more disturbing to me is the extreme level all these highly equipped government agencies are taking this to. They are ready to kill fellow citizens over what, really?

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    • m4040Comment by m4040
      April 10, 2014 @ 5:54 pm

      Look up “adverse possession”. It’s a legal term and it says that if you’ve been using a piece of land for 20 years or more… it becomes YOURS. I can pretty much guarantee you that the hundred-plus years that this family has been using the land adjacent to their ranch would qualify.

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    • victorleeComment by victorlee
      April 10, 2014 @ 6:21 pm

      Another reason to repeal the 17th Amendment. US Senators should be looking out for the best interests of their state, not the federal agencies.

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  7. guidoComment by guido
    April 10, 2014 @ 2:54 pm

    This would never have happened if the ranchers were related to Harry Reid.

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  8. victorleeComment by victorlee
    April 10, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

    This is simply a land grab. The environmentalists want Gold Butte for a wilderness area. The process has already been started and is supported by the Senate Majority leader.

    “Public Land” is a western phrase because there is no open public land on the eastern states. It was a requirement to be come a state in the west that the land become “federal” land not really “public”. This is a violation of equal protection and due process because this was not a requirement for statehood in the east. Utah and other states have sued to get the land on this basis. It is a problem for the western states because they have no control over the land and get no property taxes on the land overwhich they have to provide police, fire and other services.

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  9. precinct307Comment by precinct307
    April 10, 2014 @ 6:22 pm

    “First, if the government says he owes money why not use the court system? …What do you want to bet their goal is to get his property.”

    It has been to court, People. He lost and the court has determined that under the US Constitution the land already belongs to the Federal Government. Even with a court order Bundy is not willing to obey the Constitution and the laws derived from it. He wants his own country where he can do whatever he wants regardless of the lawful and moral rights of others.

    It’s way past time to stop stealing from the public for his own private financial gain. Piracy is not a right.

    His supporters are no better.

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    • chuckybComment by chuckyb
      April 11, 2014 @ 11:53 am

      Well said. I grew up in a small community in farm country. Let me tell you right now farmers and ranchers are always complaining about government regulations, but just mention doing away with farm and ranching subsidies and listen to how loud they moan and wail. They will scream bloody murder about how you are trying to destroy a way of life etc. all the while holding out their hands for that government check. “Render unto Cesar that which is Cesars”.

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  10. buckyComment by bucky
    April 10, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

    Funny things happen when the Government gain control over land.There was another working ranch in Danville California on Mt. Diablo,owned by the ranchers mother in law. Cattle grazed there for as long as I remember, most of the local school children visited there on field trips to see a real working cattle ranch. One of the great benefits was the cattle kept the grass down , which was a real fire control measure. But you all know the end of the story. Tom Brumleve’s mother in law decided to will the land to the forest service about 600 acres, so as to add to rest of land owned by gov. The only stipulation was that the ranch could continue to graze cattle into perpetuity. This allowed her daughters family to continue to use property to graze along with some adjoining land. Very soon after all papers were signed and she passed away, the government decided that they could no longer graze cattle on land that our government got as a gift and then broke the agreement , all because all of a sudden hikers stepped in cow pies and they along with some enviromentelist groups came up with every excuse to run them off land that they had owned. A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER MANY OF US ALMOST LOST OUR HOMES BECAUSE THE GRASS WAS TOO LONG AND THEY DECIDED THAT A CONTROLLED BURN WOULD WORK BETTER THAN CATTLE. So in this case and many others Remember the INDIANS our government took what they wanted for who they wanted it for. Don’t believe for a minute that our Government cares about our use of land. They will take it by force and or by court The kids also dont have a working ranch to visit anymore!

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  11. texastroublemakerComment by texastroublemaker
    April 10, 2014 @ 7:11 pm

    Fed lands are fed lands and if you use them you should pay a fee, especially if you have a lease. If your stock wanders, you should erect a fence, not the feds. The time has come for the States to take over such land and get the fed government out of the picture. A bunch of grazing cattle ain’t gonna step on a turtle or anything else. Maybe drop a cow patty on one, but not squish it with a hoof or horn.

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  12. buckyComment by bucky
    April 10, 2014 @ 7:12 pm

    Oh and by the way the children dont have a working ranch to visit anymore.

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  13. rokkyComment by rokky
    April 10, 2014 @ 7:56 pm

    I applaud and support Rancher Bundy.
    He is doing all of us a favor by standing up to an “out of Control Government” and keeping a large portion of BLM land brushed through his cattle grazing, thus minimizing the risk of wildfires which the BLM seems to neglect.

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  14. btty13Comment by btty13
    April 10, 2014 @ 11:59 pm

    This is total BS! Leave the man, his family and property alone! We have thugs running this country breaking the law everyday and not a damn thing happens to them. But let a 60 some year old rancher try to make a living for himself and his family and our government/FBI want to lynch him and steal his property. We need to stand behind this man and start hanging these thugs. Those FEDS were out of control! Inexcusable! Remember WACO? They were wrong then and they are wrong now.

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  15. bowler1hatComment by bowler1hat
    April 11, 2014 @ 12:18 am

    This land in question was cattle land for over a century before this “endangered” tortoise that loves in the same area was placed on any list of inhabitants. The cattle and these tortoises have co-existed in this region all this time.

    If the Bureau of Land Management were acting legitimately, they would not have used “save the tortoises” as a sort of battle cry to force the cattle out, while killing the tortoises that are over populating the area. Now the seized cattle are slated for, or are being slated to be killed as well. It seems like the Bureau of Land Management and the Justice Department are conspiring to carry out another “because we can” agenda.

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