The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has begun confiscating the cattle of Bunkerville, Nev. rancher Cliven Bundy, who has refused for twenty years to stop allowing his animals to graze on federal government land.
Yesterday, family members and supporters of Bundy, including his son, Ammon, clashed with BLM rangers who are watching over the federal roundup of Bundy’s cattle (video below).
The Bundy protesters yelled, "Get out of our state! Get out of our state!" at federal rangers while BLM vehicles involved in the roundup drove by on state Route 170, noted the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
"You want to tase me? Go ahead," Ammon yelled at rangers, who obliged.
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Margaret Bundy-Houston, Cliven's sister, was reportedly knocked to the ground in the scuffle with rangers.
Later, Ammon told 8 News Now, "There's only one reason they have a backhoe and a dump truck up there and that is because they're cleaning up their mess from killing our animals."
"I'm shook up, my hand's cut, my knee's you know, banged up," added Margaret.
The BLM rangers eventually left the area, but say they'll be back to remove the cattle that are on the federal land illegally.
In response, Cliven called on Clark County Sheriff Douglas Gillespie to start arresting Bureau of Land Management agents on charges of trespassing and theft during a Moapa Valley town board meeting last night (video below).
“[Sheriff Gillespie] is the man that has constitutional jurisdiction and authority, he has policing power here in Clark County Nevada, and he has arresting power, so we elected him and we pay him, what do we pay him to do?” asked Cliven. “Don’t we pay him to protect our life, liberty and property?”