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Nevada rancher says US may have damaged his cows

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada rancher says he's trying to determine whether federal agents damaged any of his cattle before they released hundreds of rounded-up bovines in a showdown with angry protesters over the weekend.

Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze says the agency released the cattle to avoid a potentially violent situation in a decades-long dispute over states' rights and grazing on public lands. He says Cliven (KLEYE'-vihn) Bundy owes more than $1 million in grazing fees for trespassing on federal lands since the 1990s.

The BLM suspended the roundup Saturday after armed militia members joined hundreds of states' rights protesters at the scene.

Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore says she fears some of the calves that were seized won't survive because they were separated from their mothers.

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txrigger44 April 15 2014 at 6:29 AM

this is so stupid, there isn't even any grass there to graze on, grazeing, yeah right, on what? dirt?

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librascalez April 15 2014 at 10:19 AM

This dude going to war with the feds. they let him win this one but i hope he don't keep pressing his luck, they do have way more resources and options.

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bjlgkl1 librascalez April 15 2014 at 11:10 AM

YEs, like the IRS.

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Fred April 15 2014 at 3:42 AM

how the government treats seized property either plant of poultry or anything alive is unbelievabley shameful, feel free to ask me about cactus Jack someday or today. Sot typical of our government.

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gramos555 Fred April 15 2014 at 4:30 AM

He NEVER owned that property. NEVER.

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thewebdoctorisin April 15 2014 at 8:42 AM

Attention average citizens, your opinions are not welcome and count for nothing unless it is time for us to get elected again. During the election process you will be subjugated to the usual mindless attack ads financed by enough campaign money to feed all the starving children of this planet. Afterwards, we pledge to forget everything we just told you and pass legislation for the real folks that run this country at present. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter, please move along there is nothing to see here.

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Rick thewebdoctorisin April 15 2014 at 8:47 AM

Is nut case two words or none, pal?

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thewebdoctorisin Rick April 15 2014 at 9:06 AM

The definition of the words "nut case" have multiple meanings, none of which apply here. Move along please.

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fastdad April 15 2014 at 3:41 AM

Now we know how the Indians felt.

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Larry April 14 2014 at 7:10 PM

Now you can see why the Ukraine doesn't want to be part of Russia. The heavy hand.

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Ron Larry April 14 2014 at 7:25 PM

Are we to become another Ukraine? Where whoever shows up with the most weaponry and troops wins the "war"? Where every rancher doesn't have to obey laws because he has Big Guns and friends who will shoot to protect his cattle? He admits he owes thousands in grazing fees for use of public land over the last TWENTY YEARS. The courts have ordered him to pay up and he has no respect for the "rule of law". What's next? You going to condone this?

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bkezmail April 15 2014 at 1:09 AM

Thanks for being he the voice of reason. The same siemtment expressed by King George about the colonies.

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John April 15 2014 at 8:47 AM

I was raised on a dairy farm. We always seperated the calves from the cows. They were then bottle fed. Why can't they do that here?

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jmaeson1964 April 15 2014 at 8:55 AM

I think you would have to go back many years and read all the Bureau of Land Management rules and regulations and and all the changes that have been made to the rules and regulations that have been made over the years and integrate them into today's rules and regulations to find if the rules and regulations still stand as valid rules and regulations or if one rule and regulation cancels out the other rules and regulations. The gist of the story , I honestly don't think anyone know exactly what they are doing. But my understanding from a report is that in 92 or 93 Bundy didn't sign a new lease for the BLM because he didn't agreed with the terms. But nowhere in the terms did it say he must stop grazing the land. You know something is fishy when the excuse the BLM give is the protection of the desert tortoise . Who has protected it these last 10 million years or so? And if the cattle were detrimental to the tortoises' well being , why allow anyone access to the land that may or may not accidentally run over, step on or otherwise destroy one of them????? What exactly is PUBLIC lands if the PUBLIC cannot have access to them? Not defending Bundy if he is wrong but I sure as the devil can't defend a government that doesn't know s##t from shinola.

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jsim6974 jmaeson1964 April 15 2014 at 8:58 AM

If you don't agree with your landlords rules do you get to stay? Move on

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mdbass201 jmaeson1964 April 15 2014 at 9:16 AM

A judge has read the rules and Bundy has lost twice so now he has decided he doesn't have to obey the law and pay the fees he also doesn't have to listen to a judge and remove his cattle from land he doesn't own and never did own. All he is doing is delaying paying the money and hoping a bunch of fools come in and make him some kind of hero. If he doesn't like the rules then move his cows on to land that he owns and shut the F up.

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frisco9312 April 15 2014 at 9:37 AM

techically he is trespassing on indian land

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drchicago1 frisco9312 April 15 2014 at 9:39 AM

American land

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warrenag drchicago1 April 15 2014 at 9:51 AM

It's state land not federal

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