Just hours ago The Spectrum, an online newspaper from Utah, published an update in the “Range war” brewing in Nevada’s Clark County.
“Iron County Commissioners and Sheriff Mark Gower warned that any action taken by the BLM to gather and confiscate Bundy’s cattle currently grazing on Clark County public lands would warrant Iron County to begin immediately taking steps to reduce the number of feral horses in Southern Utah.”
“… orders will be given to the Iron County Sheriff, deputies and other authorized agents to take necessary means to reduce the numbers of feral horses . . . This is not a threat. This is a plan of action,”
Iron County is 85 miles away in another state.
Clive Bundy has illegally grazed the Bunkerville Allotment and more recently his cattle have moved into the Gold Butte area. On July 9th of 2013 the federal courts gave Bundy 45 days to remove his cattle.
The wild horses the Iron County Commission has threatened are 85 miles away in Utah.
Range war, it’s more like deranged. A man that has been illegally grazing cattle on America’s public land for two decades, has lost his battles in federal court is now going to have his ‘supporters’ reduce horses on FEDERAL land in another state in retaliation for making him follow the law?
The Nevada Constitution recognizes federal jurisdiction on federal land. Yet Bundy fails to recognize that jurisdiction and even claims that the federal courts have no jurisdiction. Last week Bundy sent a notice of “Range War” to Governor Sandoval and the Clark county sheriff.
Public-lands ranching produces less than 5 percent of the nation’s beef. Yet it monopolizes 252 million acres supposedly managed for “multiple use” by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). (audubon, “Sacred Cows”: http://archive.audubonmagazine.org/incite/incite0603.html)
According to the General Accounting Office,10 federal agencies lost $123 million administering grazing in fiscal 2004.
The recently released Department of Interior Fiscal Year 2012 Economic Report shows that Grazing on BLM Public Lands Accounts for only 0.41% of the nation’s livestock receipts and only 17,000 jobs nationally. In contrast, recreation accounts for 372,000 jobs and contributes $45 billion to the economy. (One casino in Las Vegas can easily create 17,000 jobs).
And then there are people like Bundy. They pay no fees and destroy public land. His claim to the land is that his ancestors grazed it therefore it’s his. (I think there were residents there prior to Bundy’s ancestors. Using Bundy’s logic the native American community should evict every single one of us).
Maybe it’s time the federal government “gather up” the “overpopulation” of welfare ranchers and give America’s public land back to the American public?
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