BLM to Pursue Effort to End Dispute With Rancher

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LAS VEGAS, NV (AP) - A day after blinking in a showdown on the range, federal land managers pledged to pursue efforts to resolve a conflict with a southern Nevada rancher who has refused to pay grazing fees for 20 years.

Bureau of Land Management spokesman Craig Leff said Sunday that the agency would continue to try to resolve the matter involving rancher Cliven Bundy "administratively and judicially."

He declined to comment on possible options.

On Saturday, the bureau released about 400 head of cattle it had seized from Bundy back to the range only hours after announcing a premature halt to the court-authorized roundup due to safety concerns.

The cattle were freed after hundreds of states' rights protesters, some of them armed, showed up at corrals outside Mesquite to demand the animals' release.