The BLM serves notice to Bundy that it intends to round up and confiscate the cattle he grazes on public lands. The impound notice lasts through March 23, 2015. The BLM says Bundy’s “illegal trespass cattle” will be rounded up “without further notice.” Bundy responds:
Tell them Bundy’s ready. Whenever they’ve got the guts to try it, tell them to come.
At least 568 cattle purportedly belonging to Bundy are grazing on federal land along a 90-mile swath in the Gold Butte area. Bundy also claims any unbranded or unidentified cattle in the area belong to him. Bundy calls the roundup “cattle rustling,” though the BLM says he can claim any confiscated cattle for his own if they bear his brand and if he pays the impound costs and trespass fees. Bundy says if his cattle are rounded up and eventually returned to him, he will see to it that they continue to graze on the same tract of federal land.
Conservationist Rob Mrowka says the area must be protected for the sake of the endangered desert tortoises in the area.
This situation is simply outrageous. It’s high time for the BLM to do its job and give the tortoises and the Gold Butte area the protection they need and are legally entitled to. As the tortoises emerge from their winter sleep, they are finding their much-needed food consumed by cattle.