BREAKING: As Feds Withdraw From Bundy Ranch, Armed Cowboys Move Out to Reclaim Cattle
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According to a post on the Bundy Ranch Facebook Page, cowboys are moving out to take back the cattle that were being held by the BLM.
Cowboys are now leaving to go gather the cattle themselves and return them to the river and to their rightful homes!
We have not heard from the Sheriff or the BLM after we had set the 1 hour deadline!!
According to some livestreams and reports on the ground, the cowboys are going armed.
And now with feds leaving, armed men on horseback are going to get the cattle back … http://t.co/IC5QGSVPVf
— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) April 12, 2014
It was announced in a statement by the BLM earlier today that they would be ceasing operations in the area, citing safety as the concern.
Over the last 48 hours numerous armed protestors and militia members had shown up to the protest area to show their support.
Here is the statement from the BLM,
“As we have said from the beginning of the gather to remove illegal cattle from federal land consistent with court orders, a safe and peaceful operation is our number one priority. After one week, we have made progress in enforcing two recent court orders to remove the trespass cattle from public lands that belong to all Americans.
“Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public.
“We ask that all parties in the area remain peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service work to end the operation in an orderly manner.
Ranching has always been an important part of our nation’s heritage and continues throughout the West on public lands that belong to all Americans. This is a matter of fairness and equity, and we remain disappointed that Cliven Bundy continues to not comply with the same laws that 16,000 public lands ranchers do every year. After 20 years and multiple court orders to remove the trespass cattle, Mr. Bundy owes the American taxpayers in excess of $1 million. The BLM will continue to work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially.”