August 27, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A turf battle between a southern Nevada rancher and federal land managers is heading for a showdown on remote public land northeast of Las Vegas.
Cliven Bundy of Bunkerville says he watched federal Bureau of Land Management agents and hired hands move cattle round-up equipment Friday past his melon farm, but says he plans to keep fighting to keep grazing in the Gold Butte area.
The BLM posted notice this week that it will collect what it calls "trespass cattle" from more than 900 square miles of hardscrabble land about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
Federal authorities tried before to remove Bundy's livestock, in April 2012.
But Bundy refused to budge.
He's lost federal court rulings since then, and BLM officials say they're ready to resolve the long-standing dispute.
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