BLM Collecting Cattle, Rancher's Son Detained

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The son of a rural Nevada cattle rancher fighting government efforts to remove his cattle from disputed grazing areas northeast of Las Vegas was detained by federal agents.

Cliven Bundy says federal officials arrested his son, Dave Bundy, on Sunday afternoon in a parked car on State Route 170 near Mesquite.

The dad characterizes his battle with federal Bureau of Land Management officials as a range war.

It's not immediately clear if Dave Bundy was charged with a crime.

BLM spokeswoman Kirsten Cannon says he was detained "to protect public safety and maintain the peace."

The BLM says agents have rounded up 134 cows the agency says have been trespassing on a vast 1,200 square miles of arid rangeland northeast of Las Vegas and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

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