Bureau of Land Management's Statement on the Cattle Gather in Southern Nevada:
"As we have said from the beginning of the gather to remove illegal cattle from federal land consistent with court orders, a safe and peaceful operation is our number one priority. After one week, we have made progress in enforcing two recent court orders to remove the trespass cattle from public lands that belong to all Americans.
Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public.
We ask that all parties in the area remain peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service work to end the operation in an orderly manner.
Ranching has always been an important part of our nation’s heritage and continues throughout the West on public lands that belong to all Americans. This is a matter of fairness and equity, and we remain disappointed that Cliven Bundy continues to not comply with the same laws that 16,000 public lands ranchers do every year. After 20 years and multiple court orders to remove the trespass cattle, Mr. Bundy owes the American taxpayers in excess of $1 million. The BLM will continue to work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially."
Governor Sandoval's Statement on the Conclusion of the BLM's Cattle Gathering:
"The safety of all individuals involved in this matter has been my highest priority. Given the circumstances, today's outcome is the best we could have hoped for. I appreciate that the Department of the Interior and the BLM were willing to listen to the concerns of the people of Nevada."
LAS VEGAS, NV - Hundreds of protesters supporting cattle rancher Cliven Bundy celebrated after declaring victory over the BLM this weekend.
BLM officials began removing Bundy's cattle a week ago, claiming he hadn't paid grazing fees in 20 years and disregarded multiple court orders to remove his trespassing cattle.
The BLM claims Bundy owes American taxpayers in excess of $1 million.
Our sister station in Las Vegas reports Bundy claims he has a historical right to the use of that land.
When BLM officials began to remove the cattle, hundreds of protesters went to the Bundy Ranch in support of Bundy. Tension between the two groups quickly escalated; protesters say the BLM tazed Bundy's son and threw protesters to the ground.
On Saturday, April 12, 2014, the BLM issued a statement saying it's concluding its efforts on gathering Bundy's cattle due to "serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public."
Our sister station in Las Vegas reports protesters didn't believe the BLM, resulting in 300 to 500 armed protesters partially blocking northbound I-15 for several hours, causing traffic to back up.
Our sister station reports an agreement was finally made between protesters and the BLM.
On the same day, around 4:30 p.m., the BLM released the cattle back to the protesters.
Bundy supporters then went back to the main camp site near Bunkerville and celebrated, according to our sister station.
They report skepticism is still looming in the area as protesters display the sign: Has the West Been Won: Or Has the Fight Just Begun!
LAS VEGAS, NV - The Bureau of Land Management has released Cliven Bundy's cattle.
In a statement released April 12, 2014, by the BLM, the decision to release the cattle was "due to escalating tensions."
The full statement as released by the BLM:
"Today we announced the decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our grave concern about the safety of employees and members of the public.
This afternoon, demonstrators gathered at the area where personnel and cattle were located. Due to escalating tensions, the cattle have been released from the enclosures in order to avoid violence and help restore order.
Safety has always been our number one priority, and the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service appreciate the support of those who called for a peaceful conclusion to the operation."
LAS VEGAS, NV - The Bundy family is claiming victory as an agreement comes between protesters and the BLM.
Our sister station in Las Vegas is reporting there are 300 to 500 armed protesters partially blocking northbound I-15.
They say protesters don't believe the BLM is concluding its roundup and want to know where the cattle are going.
Our sister station reports an agreement has since been made between protesters and the BLM that the BLM will release the cattle to protesters soon.
The BLM is currently not taking any interviews and no pressers are scheduled at this time. Another statement is expected to be released later today.
LAS VEGAS, NV - It appears Cliven Bundy, a cattle rancher in Southern Nevada, has won his week-long battle with the Bureau of Land Management.
Bundy, along with his supporters, have been protesting officials with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup.
In a statement issued today by Neil Kornze, the Director of the BLM, the BLM says it's concluding its efforts on gathering Bundy's cattle.
"Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public," Kornze says in the statement.
The statement continues with "the BLM will continue to work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially."