Approximately 40 protesters have gathered outside Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department headquarters asking for Sheriff Doug Gillespie to intervene and “protect the people” involved in the Cliven Bundy cattle dispute.
More than 100 head of Cliven Bundy’s confiscated cattle were released from a corral outside of Mesquite after a 20-minute standoff between angry and armed ranchers and law enforcement officers Saturday.
The Bureau of Land Management said Thursday that two bulls were euthanized during the agency’s weeklong roundup of cattle that ended Saturday with an armed standoff between supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy and federal agents.
While distancing itself from the legal issues that prompted the BLM to round up Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy’s range cattle then release hundreds of them as the threat violence loomed, the conservative Nevada Cattlemen’s Association issued a statement Wednesday that sympathizes with Bundy.
Since two bulls were shot during the weeklong roundup of Cliven Bundy’s cattle in the Gold Butte area, Bureau of Land Management officials have been short on details about how and why they were killed.
Each time a public official or political candidate spoke out for or against the Bureal of Land Management or Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy, who fought off federal attempts to remove his cattle from Gold Butte, it added fuel to an already hot-burning fire that quickly turned into a national inferno, pitting the romantic image of the cowboy rancher against the behemoth federal government that owns 85 percent of the Silver State.
Wearing a cowboy hat and with a copy of the U.S. Constitution poking from his shirt pocket, controversial rancher Cliven Bundy on Friday asked dozens of supporters of his cattle-grazing feud with federal land managers what they thought of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid calling them “domestic terrorists.”
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid on Thursday called supporters of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” because they defended him against a Bureau of Land Management cattle roundup with guns and put their children in harm’s way.
If anyone can feel Cliven Bundy’s pain, it’s a man like Demar Dahl. But while some members of the public are on Bundy’s side, that doesn’t mean Bundy is on stable legal footing, Dahl says.
Cliven Bundy’s son said four certified letters from the BLM arrived Tuesday. But so far, the 67-year-old Bunkerville resident has chosen not to open the envelopes.