Skip to comments.BLM won't back up claim rancher Cliven Bundy owes $1 million
Posted on 07/10/2014 2:44:38 PM PDT by hiho hiho
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy kept more than his cattle when he and his armed militia supporters from Oregon and elsewhere recently backed down the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
BLM officials say he also kept $1 million he owes for grazing without permits.
But that sum is unproven, and the agency's diligence in collecting any sum from Bundy is questionable.
BLM officials, however, have repeatedly refused to document the basis for their $1.1 million claim and won't say a word about whether it's attempted to collect the debt. The agency's stature earned another black eye last week from the Nevada sheriff who initially agreed to help BLM gather up Bundy's cattle.
In 1998, the BLM won a federal court order to get Bundy's cattle off the federal rangeland. The agency said in recent court filings that it worked for years to have Bundy remove the cattle. Yet it didn't act until this year to use its own resources to sweep up the trespassing cattle 16 years after a federal judge ruled the beef had to go.
When the BLM aborted the cattle roundup, agency officials explained the cattle were damaging the fragile range and that Bundy "owes the American taxpayers in excess of $1 million."
Bundy is suspicious about the figure. He said agency officials were publicly saying he owed $300,000 in fees in the weeks leading up to the confrontation.
BLM is keeping secret how the $1 million was calculated.
This week, the BLM, responding to renewed questions from The Oregonian, didn't provide any accounting but instead stated the money is due "for the value of the forage consumed illegally by his cattle" and "administrative costs incurred by BLM in seeking to bring Mr. Bundy into compliance."
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How can Bundy’s cattle trespass on land that he owns?
Yeh $700,000 in high desert arid grass. Uh Huh!
It’s as if they want us to think they have to replace the grass at a cost of $700,000 dollars.
Give me a break.
Bundy is lucky to be alive IMO.
Ours is the government that just keeps on giving...
If the accounting is anything like the IRS he probably owes about 5 bucks.
Or due a refund.
Now that’s kinda contradictory to the story the ldm has been spreading ain’t it.