'This Is Private Property': Texas Rancher Fights BLM's Land Grab

| by Meg O'Connor
Ken AderholtKen Aderholt

Ken Aderholt, a rancher from Texas, has reportedly been told by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that a large portion of his 1,250 acre property -- including the area where his home sits -- has now been claimed by the government. 

Aderholt's family has been raising cattle on their Texas property in Harrold, near the Red River, for more than 70 years, since 1941, KAUZ-TV reports.

"It has been running through generations and handed on down to me," Aderholt told KAUZ-TV, adding that he had hoped to hand down the family business and tradition to his two sons.

The federal government is now threatening his family's livelihood, however, as the BLM has claimed 600 acres -- almost half of his 1,250 acre property  -- after redefining the boundary line, according to Aderholt, who spoke to TheBlaze on Oct. 14.

Aderholt said that he received a phone call early in 2014 from a BLM official, informing him what specific acres the agency had laid claim to. According to Aderholt, when he pointed out that those acres included his home, the official replied, "You have reason to be concerned."

Though he's been notified that the land could be taken, Aderholt has not been told what the government plans to do with the land.

The BLM informed Aderholt that the land his family has owned for 70 years is no longer his, because, they allege, the gradient boundary is actually far further into Aderholt's property than was previously believed.

"The BLM is saying we should have never had a deed to it. That Texas should have never produced that deed," Aderholt told KAUZ-TV.

"It is a land grab," Aderholt added. "As far as I am concerned, this is private property."

Aderholt reportedly attended a BLM meeting on Oct. 13, but it's unclear what came of the meeting.

Paul McGuire, a BLM public affairs specialist who spoke with TheBlaze on Oct. 15, said that the matter won't be resolved until a land survey is conducted. A surveyor can then determine which portions of Aderholt's land are considered public.

Sources: The Blaze, KAUZ-TV

Photo credit: KAUZ-TV