Bundy Ranch: Cliven Bundy Feels He Is Being Pushed Off His Land For Refusing To Sell [Interview]

Tara Dodrill

The Nevada range war at the Bundy Ranch appears to have far more facets to the story than merely the fate of cattle grazing on public land. Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy is standing steadfastly against what many have deemed the massive government overreach going in the Gold Butte region. Protesters from a multitude of states have converged upon the area to register not only their disgust at what has transpired against Bundy personally, but at the possible cow and calf deaths which have resulted from the rapid herding of the livestock with helicopters and the established of "free speech zones."

The incidents unfolding in Clark County have many concerned that America may soon have another Ruby Ridge on its hands. From the start of the controversy Cliven Bundy has stated publicly that the matter involves far more than the longstanding tradition of allowing cattle to graze on the Gold Butte public lands. Heavily armed federal agents and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officers have blocked off many of the roads near the cattle roundup area, which has prevented Bundy and supporters from confirming potential cattle deaths.

During an interview with a Bundy family friend who is at their home helping field inquiries, The Inquisitr learned that bulldozers and dump trucks are still moving about in the area, leading many to fear that an unknown number have cattle have succumbed to the hurried roundup and died along the trek to awaiting livestock trucks. Shawna Cox stated during the telephone conversation that the Carol and Cliven Bundy believe that young calves have been separated from their mothers and will also soon perish – if they have not done so already. The Inquisitr reached out to PETA for a comment about the roundup and alleged cow death. An agency representative stated that PETA has been following the Bundy story and would sit down for an interview, but had not done so prior to the publishing of this article.

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While it is true that over grazing can cause a lack of natural "feed" for the cattle and the desert tortoises, it does not appear that protecting the reptiles may be the only motivation behind the Bundy Ranch cattle removal from the Gold Butte public lands. When discussing with Cox on the scene reports from local news agencies and investigative facts unearthed by supporters, she confirmed claims that Cliven and Carol had refused to sell their land to real estate developers prior to the cease and desist order from the Bureau of Land Management.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval stated publicly that the creation of free speech zones by the federal agents is an affront to the rights of his citizens. Governor Sandoval has admonished the BLM and armed agents from other federal agencies for their actions over the Gold Butte public lands dispute. He told those attempting to confiscate the "trespass cattle" to "reconsider the approach" to the issue.

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Militia members and protesters from virtually all walks of life have taken up the Bundy Ranch cause – a story which has now gone viral and garnered international attention. Cliven and Carol Bundy's friend Shawna Cox also noted that they family will attempt to hold a press conference on-site every day at 1pm local time to share updates about the situation.

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There is also a Bundy Ranch Facebook page and a blog operated by the Bundy family for the posting of new information about the perceived government overreach going on in Bunkerville. Americans concerned about the infringement upon free speech rights, states' rights, property rights, and animal welfare can also sign up for immediate email and text alerts stemming from Bundy Ranch.