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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