Federal agents have seized more than 100 cattle near Winnemucca and jailed a 66-year-old woman who owns some of them in the first U.S. enforcement action in five years against Nevada ranchers accused of trespassing livestock on public land.
Bureau of Land Management rangers began impounding the cattle on
The agency says Inger Casey and Larry "Dudley" Hiibel (HEYE-bull) had been grazing cattle on B-L-M land without a permit for more than three years and failed to comply with court orders this fall demanding they remove them.
The B-L-M is holding 107 cattle near Winnemucca and plans to auction them off if past fines and fees are not paid by next week.
Long at odds with the feds, the two ranchers maintain the U.S. government has no legal jurisdiction over rangeland in Nevada.
The 63-year-old Hiibel took an unrelated case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2004 before he lost his argument that he did not have to give his name to law officers who him on a road near his ranch four years before.
Casey spent Monday night in the Washoe County jail in Reno on charges she assaulted rangers rounding up the cattle.
She denies she did anything to harm the agents.
She went before a U.S. magistrate in Reno on Tuesday who released her on her own recognizance and set her arraignment for Jan. 30.