Let’s Talk About Bundy's Contemptuous Behavior – and Its Imminent Demise

The Bureau of Land Management may impound unauthorized livestock grazing in several Southern Nevada allotment areas anytime after Monday March 24, 2014 according to a BLM notice published in the Mesquite Local News. See:http://mesquitelocalnews.com/sections/news/state/blm-impound-livestock.html. No further notice is necessary. Areas involved include:

• Bunkerville Allotment
• Mesquite Community Allotment
• Toquop Sheep Allotment
• Hen Springs Allotment
• Billy Goat Peak Allotment
• Gold Butte Allotment
• Lower Mormon Mesa Allotment
• Upper Mormon Mesa
• Flat Top Mesa
• Virgin River Bottom
• Lime Spring
• Azure Ridge
• Lake Mead National Recreation Area (Lake Mead NRA)

Among those impacted by the impound will be Bunkerville (Nev.) rancher Cliven Bundy who has defied grazing laws for years. See:http://letstalknevada.com/bundy

On July 9th, 2013, U.S. District Judge Loyd George upheld the Government’s request to enjoin Bundy from further grazing his livestock on government lands. The Government alleged that Bundy continued to ignore previous court orders to remove cattle from the Bunkerville Allotment area and pay penalties and fees. Moreover, they argued that Bundy’s cattle extended their trespass into additional federal land including the Gold Butte area of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. See:http://www.thewildlifenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Order-US-v.-Bundy-7-9-13.pdf

On March 13, 2014 Erica Haspiel-Szlosek, communications chief for the Nevada BLM office in Reno, said the BLM is in possession of a federal court order telling Bundy to remove his cattle within 45 days “and we are well past that time.”

Impounded livestock are sold through public auction to the highest bidder. However, a verified owner can redeem livestock before a public auction but must pay “all expenses incurred by the United States in gathering, impounding, and feeding or pasturing the livestock. However, when the impoundment costs exceed the fair market value a minimum acceptable redemption price at fair market value may be established for each head of livestock.”The former owner receives proceeds from the sale of the animals in excess of costs.

It remains unclear if Bundy is subject to criminal or civil contempt of court citations in addition to grazing penalties. .

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  1. JOEY says

    Watch cresent hardy ride to his rescue,along with the hooded king.lol
    This clown is nothing better than a common welfare cheat,who played the system and is robbing us taxpayers .
    I hope they confiscate all his cattle ,and whatever land to pay for the back monies due all these years of cheating.

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  2. Elaine Hurd says

    One thing that no one has mentioned is the tragedy surrounding cows that are grazing in the desert without care, supervision, adequate food or water. I spend time in a ranching area of Colorado where livestock is looked over by ranchers and I grew up in the Amish region of Ohio where livestock is a treated with respect. I don’t eat meat and I feel badly for the cows under Bundy’s mismangement … and yes, greed. I hope they throw the book at him.

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    • says

      I wonder when any of Bundy’s stock ever saw a veterinary? What happens to them when they die? Do they just become rotting flesh and pollute the area in which they pass? What an awful shame this is – a terrible situation. Isn’t cruelty to animals a punishable offense?

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  3. Elaine Hurd says

    Thank you, Charlie, yes this is cruelty to animals, but I’m not sure it meets the legal definition in Nevada. I wish someone would find out and press charges against this man because I, for one, feel for these animals. And I’m sure there are plenty of people who will mock that statement. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Ghandi.

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  4. Nephi says

    If Cliven Bundy was a Mexican trying to pull this stuff, those cows would already be hamburgers, the ranch would have been auctioned of the pay back fees and “Senor Bundy” would be labeled the crook that he is. But wait, he is one of the LDS pioneers so he can do anything.

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    • JOEY says

      Exactly Nephi-
      And the king is trying to justify this punk,sticking up for him.
      Wait,bundy is lily white- the republicans only attack the minorities.
      Like i said earlier,watch hardy and the mormon Calvary ride to the rescue.

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      • King Curmudgeon says

        Show where I try to justify Bundy.

        One can only assume since you consistently use reverse RACIST TERMS that you are a black Boy. Lily White, Col.Sanders, Plantation Owner,Grand Wizard,Redneck,We’ve all seen your vile. SO! Since the administrators here have no problem with reverse RACIST terms, they should have no problem whith me calling you a XXXXXXXXXXX XXXXX or a multitude of other names for Blacks.

        But since the administrators follow the usual Double Standard practice of the left, they have no problems with Reverse RACIST remarks.

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          • King Curmudgeon says

            You don’t have a problem with reverse racism either.

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        • JOEY says

          King- see your posts in the first bundy article.
          It is the democrats fault,along with illegal aliens .
          Typical king shuffle – diversion is what your crooked buddy
          Karl rove calls it,i believe.
          And real classy with your racial slurs.
          Ahh, the grand wizard speaks- lol

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  5. Fed up with pioneers says

    I will tell everyone one thing, if you want this kind of baloney to end once and for all, stop voting for these lousy pioneer mentality candidates. Not a single current “pioneer” elected official went out to resolve the Bundy fiasco. Not one of them publicly criticized Bundy. Now we have Laura Bledsoe (Cresent Hardy’s endorsed assemby 19 Mormon candidate), Bubba Smith (VVWD) and Doug Waite (OPD) both LDS GOB’s running for office. Folks, stop voting for these control freaks and sweep them out or learn to love the Bundy’s of Mesquite.

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  6. Jerry Smith says

    I read Elaine and Charlies concerned comments. Most people care deeply about the welfare of animals. Domestic animals, dogs, cats, and other companion animals gather great concern as much as family members. Why do we view food animals differently? Charlie worried that they were denied veterinary care. What happens to them when they die? Elaine has a deep respect for animals, and won’t eat them..A recent survey reveled that most Americans disapprove of factory farming. Yes, these cattle are factory farmed animals…they graze for a few months and then end up in feed lots…to be forced fed a Frankenstein type diet to fatten up before heading to the slaughter house..if you want to experience cruelty…follow the cattle from the feed lot to the slaughter house….we should all be ashamed of ourselves to treat all food animals in this fashion…Gandhi said it right, Elaine…
    The best for animals, the land and our health..go vegan!!!

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  7. Bob says

    Jerry brings up a good point. Cliven Bundy is making a profit off letting those poor cows try to find anything they can to eat then he sends them to their death for blood money. Where is We Care For Animals for this cruelty?

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      • JOEY says

        Someone should notify peta.
        Bundy will have protesters camped out there.
        Guess what bundy- i just did.

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        • Janet says

          I’m sure Bundy will have a HUGE contingent of protestors fighting for his right to steal from public land, turn a profit then fail to pay his fines, all in the name of States’ rights, patriotism and sovereignty. But you folks are right- what about fighting for the cows and his maltreatment of them. I’ve heard they roam around unattended, get run over and are basically ignored. Are any groups planning to be out there protesting Bundy and his pals? I’d love to be there to support them. Let me know if anyone knows of a group getting together.

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          • Fed up with pioneers says

            Bundy is no better than the Ku Klux Klan! What he is doing is the same mentality of those kind of lunatic fringe groups.
            KKK = Bundy and his supporters (who, by the way, are too cowardly to come out of the closet).

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  8. Amy says

    I was out to Gold Butte riding my ATV and I saw some cows that looked skinny and sick. They looked listless, like they were going to lay down and die. I don’t know about We Care For Animals but this would be a good issue to stand up and fight for these poor animals. Maybe they just care for dogs and cats but then their name should be We Care For Pets. Where is their spokesman?

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  9. Doug says

    We care for animals in Mesquite doesn’t care about anything but small dogs and cats, maybe a turtle. Bundy gets a free ride from those animal lovers. They should be screaming loudly but no.

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  10. virginia barron says

    Think about this next time Bundy & Family host their end of the summer outdoor Melon and Burgers fest – at $15 a head. They provide two melons and a burger meal for each attending. You’re eating Bundy’s locally range fed, i.e. starved (is it ever inspected before slaughter???) beef at a meal prepared by his wife and daughters-in-law (does the local Board of Health approve their kitchen and food prep??? – they ARE charging a fee you know). This is the Bundy Family’s way of ingratiating themselves to the community…aren’t they a wonderful rural family just doing their pioneer thing?

    How long do you think we homeowners would last on our land if we refused to pay our taxes, the equivalent of the “head fee” he has refused to pay for years? It’s past time to put an end to his egotistical and self-righteous behavior. And that goes for the good ‘ol boy politicians we have who are cut from the same cloth he is – “Head ‘em up…move ‘em out…of office.

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    • Shirley says

      The Overton lady that did the same type thing , a farm dinner of her produced food was shut done by the health dept until saved by Cresent Hardy. Now Hardy endorses her Laura Bledsoe to fill his assembly seat. Guess we should call the health dept when Bundy has his illegal get together.

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  11. Brent says

    I am going to call the southern Nevada health Department and file a complaint as soon as Bundy advertises his dinner. He won’t obey the law on grazing or on getting a health permit.

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  12. Janet says

    The question is- what will the law-abiding folks who do not support Bundy do when he shows up with his entourage of anti-government rabble-rousers to face off against the Feds. I’m guessing he will try to stage major protests…are there any groups planning to protest against Bundy and for the impoundment? And- what if this whole things turns into another Waco? Are the local citizens going to sit back and let this guy turn Bunkerville into the Alamo?

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  13. Dean Winter says

    As I understand it, Bundy and his family have been grazing his cattle there for many decades, certainly before the BLM was created. If the Feds didn’t pay him fairly for the restriction of access to those lands, they have violated the Takings Clause of the 5th Amendment in a way quite similar to the theft of egress, music or intellectual property.
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    “Democratic institutions strongly tend to promote the feeling of envy.”

    “Society will develop a new kind of servitude which covers the surface of society with a network of complicated rules, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate. It does not tyrannise but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”
    ― Alexis de Tocqueville

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    • Ralph Drake says

      Dean,
      I advise you to do a little research, there are many stories explaining this.
      As I understand the story. Due to a change in law the ranchers lost their grazing rights to the gold butte area. The ranchers were told that they must remove their cattle from the area. I believe that all but Bundy complied with the new government rule. This started around 20+ years age. the government saying that Bundy must remove his cattle, Bundy saying that he does not have to obey Federal Government laws because his family was here first. When Nevada became a state they in the state constitution agreed to all residents of Nevada would agree to the laws of the USA, and gave the land to the federal government. I am not a lawyer but I have read most, if not all of the articles on the stand off. the courts have given Bundy every opportunity to plead his case, HE LOST. IMHO if Bundy was not a pioneer he would be in jail.

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  14. John Williams says

    Hi Dean,
    Your reasoning may be correct, but your understanding of the situation is not. Bundy had grazing permits to some acreage and was paying for them. I think it was about 80,000 acres. The BLM determined that the area was being overgrazed and reduced the limit of the number of cattle that could be grazed per acre. He didn’t like that and quit paying – and hasn’t paid since – for over 20 years. His permit was then cancelled. Several years later the “grazing rights” were bought and retired by Clark County and the area reserved for Desert Tortoise habitat. In the meantime Bundy never removed his cattle, grew the herd to 900 (vs the original 250 that was permitted) and allowed them to roam over 300,000+ acres to which he has never had rights. Defend that if you can, but every court he has been to has ordered him to remove his trespass cattle.

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  15. truthnotbias says

    It’s painfully obvious, way too many of you are immorally bias from watching msnbc and cnn. A philosophical and behavioral fact is: being immoral, unethical, biased, double standard liberal trash -which is what that makes you- is your conscious choice. -That is what is unbiased, philosophical truth. -Just because you do not think it is, because you do not want to, does not mean it is not so.

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      • Brian says

        John,

        Would you support fencing off the entire area of “Public Lands” in question and allowing ZERO human activity inside the area? As in no humans in or out with the exception of BLM in accordance with management needs.

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