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A Constitutional Fight Brewing In Nevada between a Federal Agency and Rancher.

Editors Note:-    I find myself firmly on the side of the Rancher who is preparing to do battle with the federal agency, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, with all their strengh and money, as he fights for what I believe is a States Rights case and a private citizen rights case. 

The Federal Government should own NO land what so ever in any State in the Union, and all land not privately owned within those States should belong to that State, in this case, Nevada. 

Rancher Cliven Bundy is a Patriot, my new hero, and we should do all we can to support him, if it be financially or by getting the word out, maybe attend any hearings and let him know that we, the people are sick and tired of the federal government trying to rule every aspect of our lives and we have his back.  This and many previous administrations have unconstitutionally year by year removed land from the individual States by using their agencies like the EPA and the BLM in support of their Agenda 21 program, often with the treasonous help of those states representatives.  They must be stopped and this case may just become a landmark case for States rights and for this rancher, a brave and loyal true American. 

They may very well have picked a fight with the wrong person here. I certainly hope so.  I would expect the County Sheriff to get involved here, possibly by moving to have the cattle returned or to do what he/she is constitutionally allowed and supposed to, act as the chief law enforcement agent in that county and remove the federal agents from the county.  I would also expect the County and the State Officials to take his part and offer full support.  Is this likely, probably not but maybe we will be surprised.  These officials may just do their job and uphold the Oath they all took. 

One can dream I guess……Just my opinion America, Fred brownbill.

 

Tensions bubbled over on the range in a turf battle that has been simmering for decades over one of the icons of the American West and scant forage on arid, high desert lands from Nevada to Wyoming.

With the presence of wild horses continuing to pit animal advocates against ranchers, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which is caught in the middle, on Saturday began seizing hundreds of cattle from a longtime rancher that it says are trespassing on public land in southern Nevada.

The action came a day after the agency agreed to remove horses from the range in southwest Utah after Iron County commissioners threatened to take matters in their own hands.

Wild-horse protection advocates say the government is rounding up too many mustangs while allowing livestock to feed at taxpayer expense on the same rangeland scientists say is being overgrazed.

Ranchers say the government refuses to gather enough horses in the herds that double in size every five years while moving to confiscate cattle on lands where their ancestors have operated for more than a century.

The BLM says it’s doing all it can, given budget constraints, overflowing holding pens and a distaste for the politically unpopular options of either ending the costly roundups or slaughtering excess horses.

The agency started taking cattle Saturday from Cliven Bundy, who it says has been trespassing on U.S. land without required grazing permits for over 25 years. Bundy doesn’t recognize federal authority on land he insists belongs to Nevada.

“These people are thieves,” Bundy told The Associated Press on Saturday. “I haven’t even started fighting yet. You think I’m going to lay down and just give up. I’m going to fight for the Constitution and state sovereignty.”

Asked what actions he planned to take, Bundy replied, “Why don’t you wait and see. As I told the BLM and county sheriff, ‘I’ll do whatever it takes.’”

BLM spokeswoman Kirsten Cannon, in a media conference call Saturday afternoon, said her agency was implementing two federal court orders to remove Bundy’s cattle after making repeated efforts to resolve the matter outside court.

Plans call for the removal of some 900 trespassing cattle from 1,200 square miles of land in southern Nevada managed by her agency and the National Park Service over the next three to four weeks, she said.

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.

“(Bundy’s trespassing) is unfair to the thousands of other ranchers who graze livestock in compliance with federal laws and regulations in the West,” Cannon said, adding the agencies are working with local and state officials to ensure the removal occurs in a safe manner.

She declined to comment on the number of personnel involved, and was unable to provide a cost estimate for the operation.

Bundy, who said he owns about 500 cows, estimates at least 100 federal agents and other personnel, many of them armed, gathered around the ranch his family has operated since the 1870s southwest of Mesquite 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 said.

It’s a battle that has raged since the 1980s when the Sagebrush Rebellion challenged federal ownership of Nevada rangeland ranchers said was rightfully theirs.

During the past 10 years, horse advocates have been more the aggressors, asking courts to block roundups they say violate the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burro Act of 1971. But in recent months, ranchers have again gone back on the attack.

The Nevada Farm Bureau Federation and Nevada Association of Counties sued the government in U.S. District Court in Reno in December seeking to force the BLM to step up roundups and, if necessary, sell excess mustangs for slaughter — something they say is allowed under the law but that the federal agency has resisted.

Earlier this week, a federal magistrate judge in Reno granted horse advocates’ request to become a party in that case based on their argument no one else involved — including the BLM — has the horses’ best interest in mind.

In Utah, Iron County commissioners had threatened 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.

But BLM State Director Juan Palma, in an email sent Friday to Miller, said he is committed to working with the county in developing a plan to reduce the number of horses, The Spectrum of St. George, Utah, reported.

“Both the BLM and Iron County have a shared interest in the well-being of the range and all who rely in its health. … Additionally, (we have) our shared interest in the well-being of sustainable populations of our wild horses,” Palma wrote.

 

Article written by:  Scott Sonner and Martin Griffith, Associated Press

 

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10 Responses to A Constitutional Fight Brewing In Nevada between a Federal Agency and Rancher.

  1. Peter Courtenay Stephens April 7, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    Cliven Bundy ! Great American Patriot !
    If I was any closer I would join him, even at 77 years of age. I can still hit em at 1000 yards.
    Death to Tyrants !

  2. Steve April 10, 2014 at 4:35 am #

    This article lacks some very important information. Why is the BLM and NPS jurisdiction on the land disputed? Just because one rancher does not like federal agencies? Is there any sort of actual legitimate reason he thinks the BLM and NPS do not have jurisdiction over the land? I understand and sympathize with opposing BLM policies, but a legal battle needs to be fought with some evidence, not just nationalistic buzz-phrases like “we the people” and a desire to illegally range your cattle wherever you please.

    • Fred Brownbill April 10, 2014 at 6:20 am #

      This is about STATE rights, where the Federal Govt has no rights to own State lands! Theses agencies are out of control, along with the bloated, corrupt federal government. The County Sheriff should be doing his job and kicking these Feds out of the county over which he has ful jurisdiction as thye chief law enforcement officer in that county. This is about rights that have been removed buy the feds from individuals and states and this needs to be rectified one way or the other.

  3. Steve April 10, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    Soooo if Nevada had jurisdiction over the land, as opposed to the federal government, what makes you think the range specialist working for the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources would ignore over grazing and grazing permits and allow ranchers to graze their cattle wherever they please? Would he be putting up as much of a “fight” if it were the state telling him where he can and cannot graze? Or would it then be a fight against too strong of a state government at that point? It is a failure to look at the big picture and a failure to understand how one individual’s behavior effects the bigger picture. What if the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources called him on the phone and told him that they agree with the feds, would he then say, “Ok, they are right. I should have applied for the correct permits.”??

    And the Sheriff only has jurisdiction regarding certain crimes. He/she cannot “kick” out federal agencies if the crime is of a federal offense. There are even certain crimes that a state agency can take control over investigating/enforcing, not just the feds. That is the whole essence of a scope of power.

    • Lisa April 11, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

      First of all, this is states rights, not federal. This garbage about a desert turtle is bunk..we have an over abundance. Second of all, he paid his grazing fees. This is all about the GOVT wanting the land to develop it. Watch out, the feds will come for your property next.

  4. a Utahan April 10, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    What I hear this is about is a desert tortoise that may or may not be an endangered species that lives in this range area. But there doesn’t seem to be any bad consequences to the tortoise from the cattle’s presence. In fact, the tortoises benefit as they also eat the cattle manure which is full of nutrients for them.
    The Bundy family cattle have grazed this area since the 1870′s, long before permits were required.

  5. bid daddy April 24, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

    all you redneck anarchists are, once again, on the wrong side of history…troglodytes all!

    • Fred Brownbill April 24, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

      Redneck? Anarchists? Strange how you came up with those words “bid daddy.” Great name and as with all Libtards you are scared to give your real name. Maybe your Daddy or his husband will cut off the college tuition..or is it high school? When you mature a bit hang out here or at other adult sites!

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