Nevada Cattle: Showdown Ensues Between Rancher Supporters, Feds

Friday, 11 Apr 2014 02:05 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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A dispute over cattle grazing on federal land in Nevada reportedly got violent this week after federal agents from the Bureau of Land Management began moving cattle, belonging to a local rancher, off a remote public rangeland.

Family members of rancher Cliven Bundy and other supporters confronted federal rangers near Bunkerville, Nev., some 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, on Wednesday. The federal rangers came to the site with Tasers and barking dogs on leashes, CNN reported.

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Federal officials said someone kicked a police dog and assaulted rangers, while Bundy family members said that they were Tasered and thrown to the ground.

In the end, a YouTube video revealed that the rangers left the scene in several vehicles.

"Get out of our state!" protesters yelled at rangers, the video showed. "BLM go away! BLM go away!"

Warning: Video contains graphic images and strong language.

Nevada's Bureau of Land Management director Amy Lueders told CNN Thursday that the incident was under investigation.

Officials reportedly used a stun gun on Cliven Bundy's 37-year-old son, Ammon, during the Wednesday scuffle

Dave Bundy, another one of Cliven's sons, was arrested on Sunday for refusing to disperse at the start of the cattle roundup. He was reportedly freed the following day.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval blasted the Bureau of Land Management on Thursday in wake of the incident.

"Due to the roundup by the BLM, my office has received numerous complaints of BLM misconduct, road closures and other disturbances," Sandoval said. "No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans. The BLM needs to reconsider its approach to this matter and act accordingly."

The Bureau of Land Management announced Saturday in a statement that it was removing cattle that have been grazing illegally on public land in Clark County for more than 20 years. The bureau said it had tried to resolve the issue "administratively and judicially" before the physical removing the animals.

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