The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released hundreds of seized cattle on Saturday, but has not given up its case against Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy who has illegally allowed his cows to graze on public land for twenty years.
8 News Now reported that a deal had been reached between the Bundy and the BLM on Saturday.
While Bundy and his supporters claimed the BLM backed down from armed militias, the BLM says it stopped the cattle roundup of Bundy's cows on Saturday because of concerns about public safety (video below).
8 News Now reported that Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie made a deal that allows the BLM to sell some of Bundy's cattle and split the proceeds with the rancher.
However, BLM spokesman Craig Leff told the Associated Press on Sunday, “The door isn’t closed. We’ll figure out how to move forward with this."
“The BLM and National Park Service did not cut any deal and negotiate anything,” added Leff. “There was no deal we made.”
Bundy supporter David Rawls, of Arizona, compared this battle to World War III,
“We might as well have been in the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany,” Rawls told the Las Vegas Journal-Review.