Armed Agents, Snipers Steal 67-Year Old Rancher’s Cattle for the Sake of the Desert Tortoise

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Cliven Bundy and ranch hand

Cliven Bundy on right

Armed federal agents are currently stealing the cattle of the last rancher left in southern Nevada, Cliven Bundy. They’ve all been driven out by extreme environmentalists.

Half of the West belongs to the federal government, including 48% of California, 69.1% of Alaska, 53.1% of Oregon, 48.1% of Arizona, 42.3% of Wyoming, 41.8% New Mexico, 36.6% of Colorado, 62% of Idaho, 66.5% of Utah and 81% of Nevada.

It’s not enough apparently.

The federal government has seized rights over 81% of Nevada and won’t allow ranchers to graze their cattle so the “protected” desert tortoise and horses can roam unhampered. California has a similar problem. The environmentalists tried to use the alleged needs of the protected desert tortoise to stop a solar power plant. Even green energy isn’t safe from the extremists.

Meanwhile the government has hundreds of snipers surrounding an innocent 67-year old rancher and his family as they steal his cattle because they are protecting the desert tortoise who doesn’t need protecting and has plenty of land to roam.

This is what it is really all about – extreme environmentalists who are conspiring with the federal government to steal land that belongs to the states.

The very dangerous and downright out of control totalitarians at The Center for Biodiversity are engaged in sue and settle cases continuously to end human activity in wider and wider swaths of land in the United States. The government is complicit. The Center sues and the federal government gladly settles.

An excerpt from The Center for Biodiversity website:

Environmental groups filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Bureau of Land Management today for failing for seven years to report impacts to the desert tortoise and similarly threatened and endangered species from off-road vehicles, cattle grazing and other activities in California’s deserts.

The Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and Desert Survivors recently learned that the BLM has failed to submit annual reports to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for years despite legal obligations to do so under the Endangered Species Act — a failure that puts imperiled species at risk.

“The Bureau of Land Management has shrugged off its duty to report impacts of grazing and off-road vehicle use on protected species on our public lands,” said Lisa Belenky, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “BLM says it’s committed to conserving species and habitats in California deserts — yet it has failed to comply with even the most basic requirements for management of desert tortoises and other rare and vulnerable wildlife.”

The BLM is required to monitor impacts to threatened and endangered species and their habitats and report those impacts — such as the number of animals injured and killed — to the Fish and Wildlife Service annually. Its purview includes activities carried out under numerous plan amendments (the West Mojave Plan, Northern and Eastern Colorado Plan, Northern and Eastern Mojave Plan and Coachella Valley Plan, for instance). The Bureau was expressly required to develop new monitoring protocols, but has apparently failed to develop or implement monitoring plans that track effects of activities like off-road vehicle use and grazing on endangered and threatened species like the desert tortoise, Peninsular bighorn sheep and Lane Mountain milk vetch.

Hundreds of snipers surround the Bundy ranch as they steal his 900 head of cattle that have been “illegally trespassing” on government land according to the federal government. Bundy says his Morman ancestors have used that land for grazing for over 100 years –it’s free range.

The animal activitists want the land shut down from grazing and left wild.

Armed federal agents are currently rounding up the cattle. Yesterday, Dave Bundy, Cliven’s son, was roughed up and arrested for taking pictures of the agents. He was later released.

Bundy said the land belongs to Nevada and in the past the sheriff has intervened. It appears he will not this time.

Cliven Bundy is the last remaining rancher in the southern Nevada country and he is defying a 2013 court order demanding he remove his cattle from public land managed by the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

“I have raised cattle on that land, which is public land for the people of Clark County, all my life. Why I raise cattle there and why I can raise cattle there is because I have preemptive rights,” he said, explaining that among them is the right to forage.

“Who is the trespasser here? Who is the trespasser on this land? Is the United States trespassing on Clark County, Nevada, land? Or is it Cliven Bundy who is trespassing on Clark County, Nevada, land? Who’s the trespasser?”

The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. National Park Service responded to Bundy’s inflexibility on the issue by calling on federal agents and contract cowboys to restrict access to the public land and to confiscate the 67-year old Bundy’s “trespass cattle.”

They have so far removed 234 of Bundy’s cattle. They claim he owes over $1 million in fees while he says it is $300,000. They plan to charge him $3 million for the removal. They plan to bankrupt him.

Bundy says, “It’s a freedom issue. It’s not about cows. It’s a state rights issue.”

Unfortunately for Bundy, his state is in the hands of Totalitarians.

The environmental extremists had the land declared off-bounds in 1998 so it could be preserved as a habitat for the desert tortoise. They had it declared “protected” and then tried to run the ranchers off the land. It looks like they have succeeded.

“Our rights and liberties need to be protected and we’re going to stand for that,” Bundy said.

Meanwhile the price of beef is skyrocketing. The drought and similar issues are blamed. There is no mention of the fact that ranchers are being driven out of business.

Nevada! Take your land back!

 

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