BREAKING: Cattle Being Released to Bundy Family, Feds Stand Down
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We are getting live streaming reports from the scene that the BLM has completely stood down and left the area in the last few minutes and the cattle are being released to the Bundy family.
One live stream showed a massive caravan of federal and federal contractor vehicles leaving the area. One witness counter 80+ federal vehicles.
The BLM made the following statement earlier today,
“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.”
Here is the most current live feed (yes, I know it’s Alex Jones, but they are actually showing what’s going on):
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