Skip to comments.Feds move in on Nevada rancher's herd over illegal grazing
Posted on 04/08/2014 4:07:26 PM PDT by sergeantdave
For 20 years, a tough-as-leather Nevada rancher and the federal government have been locked in a bitter range war over cattle grazing rights.
This weekend the confrontation got worse, when the feds hired contract cowboys to start seizing Cliven Bundy's cattle, which have been grazing on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The government officials brought a show of force that included dozens of armed agents in SUVs and helicopters.
Bundy, 67, who has been a rancher all his life, accuses BLM of stampeding over on his rights.
This is a lot bigger deal than just my cows, Bundy told FoxNews.com. Its a statement for freedom and liberty and the Constitution.
The fight involves a 600,000-acre area under BLM control called Gold Butte, near the Utah border. The vast and rugged land is the habitat of the protected desert tortoise, and the land has been off-limits for cattle since 1998. Five years before that, when grazing was legal, Bundy stopped paying federal fees for the right.
For more than two decades, cattle have been grazed illegally on public lands in northeast Clark County, the BLM said in a statement. BLM and (the National Park Service) have made repeated attempts to resolve this matter administratively and judicially. Impoundment of cattle illegally grazing on public lands is an option of last resort.
But Bundy said he has grazed cattle on the land for decades, and his father and father's father did long before his 1,000 cattle roamed the area. He has long defied orders from bureaucrats he says are bent on running him out of business.
Just before the round-up began this weekend, Bundy said federal agents surrounded his 150-acre ranch. His son was arrested on Sunday in an incident involving the agents....
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Another victory lap for zer0’s minions? And higher prices for everyone!
Those who rely upon the public teat for their sustenance shouldn’t be surprised when it’s plucked away.
is thia “Bull Crapping” arrest??
They are not relying on the public teat, since grazing ‘rights’ are paid for by the rancher. In this case, however, it seems the rancher stopped paying...so yeah, his cattle probably needed to be seized.
“The trouble started when Bundy stopped paying grazing fees in 1993. He said he didn’t have to because his Mormon ancestors worked the land since the 1880s, giving him rights to the land.
We own this land, he said, not the feds.”
The guy is a nut.
:: He has long defied orders from bureaucrats he says are bent on running him out of business. ::
No. He is defying a government that wants to prove to him who owns him, his land, his family and his cattle.
You vill comply! Papers, bitte!
The “fee” for federal grazing rights never reflects the economic value of the land. The government has no more business picking the winners and losers in the cattle business than it does in any other industry.
I love it when fascist bureaucrats call themselves and their hired thugs pretend to be "the american people".
His family having relied upon the largess of the taxpayer for 150 years doesn’t make it any more virtuous.
Is he a nut? Or is he invoking the right of adverse posession? (AKA “Squatter’s Rights).
The losers and winners were already picked when people acquired deed to water access land. Without it, no access to water, all the grazing land on the planet doesn’t mean squat. For extra credit, look up how much of Nevada is Federal Land. I think you will be surprised.
You know what? My steaks and hamburger come from my own cattle...which I raise and fatten on my own land. If this fella can’t make it in the marketplace applying his own talents and risking his own capital, then he should fail.
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Aren’t cattle rustlers supposed to be hung?
Except in a few very limited cases, it should be forbidden for land to be “owned” by federal or state governments.
Only individuals or small groups should own land.
All that BLM land should be opened up for homestead.
Also, I'm not trying to be mean to Mr. Bundy's parents, but the reason that he has been probably needlessly fighting the federal government all these years is because his parents probably did not make sure that he was taught about the federal government's constitutionally limited powers.
The government doesn’t pick winners and losers. It sells stuff to buyers willing to pay. And yes, it DOES reflect the value of the land, since it competes with private land.
So, as long as a government program competes with private landowners, it's OK? Seriously?