The US District Court for Nevada rules that Bundy has refused to comply with a 1998 court order to remove his cattle from the Bunkerville allotment, and further, he is grazing his livestock on “a broad swath of additional public lands” without approval. Moreover, the court finds that Bundy has caused “irreparable harm” by allowing his cattle to damage the public lands. In response, Bundy argues that the federal government has no jurisdiction over public lands, an argument rejected by Judge Lloyd George. He is again barred from trespassing on those lands, and given 45 days to remove his livestock. If he fails to comply, the government is authorized to seize and remove his cattle.
A federal court judge rules that Bundy’s cattle may be removed if he does not move them himself and pay the $300,000 he owes in grazing fees. Bundy’s cattle are grazing on the habitat of the desert tortoise, which is protected by the Bureau of Land Management. Bundy has declined to pay grazing fees since 1993 and has received multiple warnings, but he says that he has rights to the land over the BLM because his Mormon ancestors worked the land before the BLM was formed.