Two armed motorists in a pickup truck reportedly threatened a federal wrangler, who was hauling horses and burros in a U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) vehicle, on Tuesday.
The incident happened on Interstate 15 in Juab County, Utah.
"[The motorists] told him he was No. 1 with that certain gesture," Eric Reid, the wrangler’s supervisor at the BLM, told The Salt Lake City Tribune.
Later, the pickup drove next to the BLM vehicle again. This time, the men wore hoods and held up a sign that read, "You need to die."
One of the hooded men pointed what appeared to be handgun at the BLM wrangler.
BLM officials think the men noticed the BLM logo on the wrangler's truck and trailer.
"It’s one of those things now we’re going to be dealing with," Reid said. "A lot of [people] have taken that attitude toward the government."
The men covered up their license plates with duct tape, which is a strategy used by Cliven Bundy’s supporters, but there is no proof the men are part of Bundy's so-called militia.
However, local law enforcement recently expressed their fear of Bundy's armed supporters during the infamous showdown weeks ago.
"There was a possibility of somebody just having an accidental discharge causing a blood bath, because the individuals that were showing up, the militia quote unquote, were armed to the teeth," Clark County Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo told 8 News (video below).
"I mean, the hair was up on the back of my neck," Assistant Sheriff Lombardo added. "There was the so-called militia surrounding the stage. There was a lot of firepower out there and it made me nervous. anything could happen. Mr. Bundy, in my personal opinion, incited the crowd."
"You are standing there going, 'I just hope it doesn't hurt when it comes. That it's quick,' and it was real for us. It was real," stated Sgt. Tom Jenkins.
"They're armed, they have an agenda, and they're committed to whatever they believe in, no backing down," Sgt. Jenkins added. "One or two of them would never have done what they did, point weapons at us, but when you have 300-400 and they can be anonymous in a crowd, you get caught up in that."
The militia men, who claim to follow the U.S. Constitution, have reportedly tried to stop the freedom of the press by blocking 8 News' trucks access to public roads and pouring lighter fluid around the trucks.
"Yes, there will be consequences, definitely," stated Assistant Sheriff Lombardo. "That is unacceptable behavior. If we let it go, it will continue into the future."
Cliven Bundy, his family members and supporters arrived at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department last Friday to file criminal complaints against the BLM, reported KTNV (video below).