I’m late to the story of the Bundy family and their free-grazing, trespassing cattle in the state of Nevada, stolen by our government and attempted to be hauled to Utah for auction — so here’s my bulleted-list to make it quick and fairly clear, if you haven’t been keeping up either. It’s an important issue. The truth is, while Mr. Bundy and his family were trying to protect their property two decades ago, we were doing something other than noticing that the Bureau of Land Management and every president has gobbled huge chunks of land, once considered sovereign property inside of one of these United States of America.
● Cliven Bundy and wife Carol are Bunkerville, Nevada (Clark County) ranchers, with son Dave Bundy and daughter Baily Bundy Logue a part of the story.
● Cliven Bundy says his Mormon forefathers moved up and down the “Virgin Valley” for years and settled in or around Bunkerville in about 1873-1877. He claims “pre-emptive rights and beneficial use of the forage and water.” Says his rights existed before the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) existed.
● He has a “158,666-acre Bunkerville allotment of rangeland,” and the ranch land he owns consists of 150 acres.
● In 1993, the BLM changed the rules regarding grazing rights, reportedly to protect an “endangered species,” the “desert tortoise.”
● Bundy says he does not “recognize federal authority” on land that he believes belongs to Nevada. Says his family’s history trumps bureaucracy.
● In 1993 the BLM capped the number of Bundy cattle on the disputed land at 150.
● Bundy protested by refusing to pay his grazing fees, while his cattle continued to grazed. Government sources say Bundy owes $1 million for overdue grazing; Bundy believes he owes about $300,000. Fees are charged at $1.35 per “Animal Unit Month,” or the amount of forage (food) the government believes a Bundy cow needs. If a desert tortoise is eaten, there is apparently no up-charge.
● 1994 the BLM canceled his grazing permit.
● 1998 a federal court ordered the removal of the livestock.
● 2012 approximately, the Feds tried to remove his cattle, but Bundy held them off in some unknown manner, maybe with the help of his local Sheriff.
● 2012 – present, Bundy has lost two federal court rulings.
● 2013 October – a federal judge prohibited Bundy from physically interfering with the removal of his cattle.
● BLM released a statement saying Bundy’s refusal to obey rules is unfair to other ranchers who comply with numbers of cattle allowed and pay their grazing fees.
● April 7, 2014 Bundy’s son Dave was arrested as the family gathered on a public highway to film the removal of their cattle. Dave Bundy was cited with a criminal charge of refusing to disperse and resisting arrest.
The family members had parked on the side of Nevada state Route 170, but the highway was included in the temporary closure of public lands, according to BLM representative Kirsten Cannon. Dave Bundy was arrested and cited with a criminal charge of refusing to disperse and resisting officers. Cannon said all public lands are closed within the designated closure area during the removal of the trespassing cattle. Source KSL
Dave Bundy’s sister, Bailey, said police “beat” her brother. “They put him on the ground and were standing on his head and had a dozen officers on top of him and dogs.” (see link to KSL above) Dave Bundy was held overnight and released. The Bundy Ranch Blog posted this video of Dave Bundy after being released from jail. You can clearly see that the side of his face met some unfriendly force.
The Bundys believe they had the right to be where they were on Route 170, and had the right to take photos and videos.
● The First Amendment Tent: As people have shown-up in support of the Bundy family, the government herded them into “First Amendment Areas,” the only spots where protests can occur.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R.) voiced his concern about so-called “First Amendment Areas,” designated locations set up by the BLM where citizens can protest the removal.
“Most disturbing to me is the BLM’s establishment of a ‘First Amendment Area’ that tramples upon Nevadans’ fundamental rights under the U.S. Constitution,” he said in a statement Tuesday.
“To that end, I have advised the BLM that such conduct is offensive to me and countless others and that the ‘First Amendment Area’ should be dismantled immediately,” he 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.”
Sandoval also said his office has received numerous complaints about the BLM’s conduct, including road closures and “other disturbances.” Source: Free Beacon
InfoWars describes The “First Amendment Areas” as “a crudely taped off piece of land,” with nothing in it but signs brought by the protesters.
However, protesters have completely ignored the area, instead staging large demonstrations on Bundy’s ranch. The only presence inside the ‘First Amendment Area’ are signs which read “1st Amendment is not an area” and another that states, “Welcome to Amerika – Wake Up” alongside a hammer and sickle logo.
● Carol Bundy said the government has snipers positioned around their 150 acre ranch. BLM spokeswoman Kirsten Cannon refused to confirm or deny weapons are trained on the family.
The Free Beacon reports “machine guns” surrounding the Bundy property and cattle “forcibly removed with heavy artillery,” according to the family. Cliven Bundy told the Beacon the government brought everything but tanks and rocket launchers.
“They’re carrying the same things a soldier would,” he said. “Automatic weapons, sniper rifles, top communication, top surveillance equipment, lots of vehicles. It’s heavy soldier type equipment.”…
“We’re surrounded,” Carol Bundy said. “We’re estimating that there are over 200 armed BLM, FBI. We’ve got surveillance cameras at our house, they’re probably listening to me talk to you right now.”
● The National Park Service claims they and their “contractors” have received threats from the Bundys.
● The Bundy’s are waiting for the Sheriff Doug Gillespie to ride to their rescue. Gillespie has advised the Bundy’s to seek legal counsel and opted to let federal officials take care of business, while extending federal deadlines for the Bundys.
“There are law enforcement and other personnel in place as needed to ensure that the BLM and National Park Services employees and contractors are able to conduct the operation safely,” Cannon said. “Specific operations information regarding this impoundment will not be released.” Source: The Blaze
● Officials estimate the cost to the taxpayer to remove Bundy’s cattle is “roughly $3 million (see The Blaze link above).
● Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) has asked the BLM to “reconsider its approach.”
● As of Monday, April 8, 2012, the government reported they have 234 of Bundy’s 908-count herd, and said some of the family “follow us” when we leave [with the Bundy's property - imagine that!]. Bundy says he has about 500 head.
● A Nevada-based scientist, Rob Mrowka is grateful that the desert tortoises are soon to be safe.
● The Truth About Guns says the BLM is shipping Bundy’s cattle to northern Utah for auction.
Sheriffs in nearby counties are not well pleased with the idea of allowing “stolen” cattle through their jurisdiction. Could you imagine some kind of roadblock by local Sheriffs turning the feds around? I could. Could you imagine that getting out of control?
Cattle seized from public land in Nevada were once headed to Richfield for auction — but federal officials have changed their plans after Utah leaders argued the animals would threaten the state’s $1 billion livestock industry.
And any showdown over the controversial roundup should remain in Nevada, according to an April 2 letter Utah Gov. Gary Herbert sent to Acting Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze.
Cliven and Carol’s son Ryan lives in Cedar City, Utah and was part of a protest outside a Utah auction house.
● Cliven Bundy was on with Sean Hannity last night (4-9-14). He said [paraphrasing] this is about more than about cows. Courts have seized Nevada land, shut down hunting, fishing and use of some roads. and land use has been seized, people can no longer hunt, fish or use some roads. range war. cattle one issue.
Sean asked about the food the cattle consumed and what that meant for the desert turtle. Bundy said they both feed on the same forage, but that it is impossible for cattle to deplete the availability of food for the desert tortoise. He also pointed that the use of these thousands of acres of “forage” keep the price of beef down, and the forage is a renewable commodity.
Hannity asked Mr. Bundy how far he was willing to go in this “range war.” Bundy replied “I’ll do whatever it takes to gain our liberty and freedom back.”
● I have tried to confirm that the Bundy’s are the last ranchers in Clark County, Nevada. The Daily Mail says they are the last ranchers in “south Nevada.” I don’t know how many have left, if any have left, or when or why they left.
Bundy Family Quotes:
“We the people have to stand on the ground and get our state sovereignty back, and also take some liberty and freedoms back to where we have at least access to this land.”
“The story is a lot about the cattle, but the bigger story is about our loss of freedom,” Carol Bundy added. “They have come and taken over this whole corner of the county. They’ve taken over policing power, they’ve taken over our freedom, and they’re stealing cattle.”
“And our sheriff says he just doesn’t have authority, our governor says he doesn’t have authority, and we’re saying, why are we a state?” Free Beacon
He said the BLM had contracted with rustlers who were already on his father’s property rounding up livestock to bring to the auction near Austin.
“We’re trying to stop them before they even make it here,” Bundy said. “If they do make it here, I’ll be here to claim them.”
Bundy said the cows had been refused in auction houses throughout Nevada, California and everywhere else in Utah.
“We want people to know R Livestock is willing to sell stolen cattle. This auction yard contracted with the BLM to sell cows stolen off our ranch,” Bundy said. “These are our cattle. They’re private property of my father, Cliven Bundy.”
Bundy said he believed R Livestock owner Scott Robins would receive a 3 percent commission, and had contracted to receive another $500,000 extra on top of the selling price.
It is beyond grievous to acknowledge that the Bundy’s will lose their long fight. They don’t deserve to do so, because it is the Bundy’s who were paying attention, the Bundy’s who have tried to protect their property, and by doing so, setting a precedent to protect yours and mine. May God bless them and protect them, and give us the courage to do something about this! (read, but be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page).
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