Government, Animal Activists In a Dangerous Showdown Against Ranchers in Nevada – Update


Cliven Bundy

Cliven Bundy

Update: 04/08:14:  Yesterday, federal agents arrested Dave Bundy, the son of the ranch owner for sitting in his truck taking pictures of the agents as they removed his cattle from the land they have been grazing on for over 100 years.

Dave Bundy said this: “Two officers surround me, third one in front of me. They jumped me and took me to the ground. You can see they scraped up my face.”

The government will steal their cattle – 900 head – and then they will sell them and fine them. That’s how our government works for the people. Animal activists will make it impossible to raise cattle.


Original Story: Animal rights activists who say they are protecting the Wild Mustangs refuse to allow the herds to be culled. As a result, the herds are doubling in size every five years, taking over federal land the cattle have grazed on for more than a century. Much of the land has been taken over by the federal government in land grabs.

The Wild horse advocates want fewer horses rounded up by the government and complain that livestock are feeding at taxpayer expense and on land that is overgrazed.

The government is siding with the activists and is refusing to gather up horses and slaughter excess horses. They claim their budget is insufficient.

One rancher, Cliven Bundy, 67, is willing to do “whatever it takes” to fend off federal agents who are planning to seize his cattle for grazing on U.S. land without the required permits for 25 years.

“The BLM is figuring on taking my cattle by force I guess,” said Cliven Bundy, 67, who said about 300 agents have surrounded his ranch which is a few miles from the Utah line.

“I’ve tried to stop them for 20 years. I’ve tried to be legal in the courts. I’ve tried to do it politically and through the media. Now, it’s about down to having to do it as `We the people,’ `'” he told The Associated Press on Friday.

A federal judge in Las Vegas first ordered Bundy to remove his trespassing cattle in 1998. Similar orders were issued last July and again in October, but Bundy doesn’t recognize federal authority on land he insists belongs to Nevada.

Bundy said he has about 500 animals he values at $1,000 or more each.  Asked if he had any concerns about a confrontation turning violent, he said: “It’s violent right now if you have 300 well-armed officers on the ground.”

The battle began in the 1980s when the Sagebrush Rebellion challenged federal ownership of Nevada rangeland that ranchers say is theirs.

Wayne Hage is one of the government’s victims. Listen:

Ranchers have been on the offensive against the Bureau of Land Management on behalf of the government and the animal activists.

The Nevada Farm Bureau Federation and Nevada Association of Counties filed a lawsuit against the government in U.S. District Court in Reno in December seeking to force the Bureau of Land Management to step up roundups which has been allowed under the law but that federal agency has resisted.

Earlier this week, a government-friendly magistrate judge in Reno granted the horse advocates’ request to become a party in that case.

In southwest Utah, the Iron County Commission is threatening to gather up hundreds of mustangs themselves, saying the horses threaten livestock and wildlife on rangelands already damaged by drought.

“We will take whatever action we have to take to reduce those numbers immediately,” Commissioner David Miller told the Salt Lake Tribune.

The media is portraying this as a rangewar.  It’s actually the government (the Bureau of Land Management) and the left-wing activists confiscating cattle and preventing cattle from grazing on federal lands.