THE Bureau of Land Management is backing away from the Bundy Ranch citing “safety issues” here is the statement released Saturday morning:
“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.”
ORIGINAL STORY: A local news station in Las Vegas is reporting that a deal may be in the works to end the round up of Clive Bundy’s cattle in Nevada.
According to 8 News Now in Las Vegas, Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie has brokered a tentative deal between the Bureau of Land Management and Bundy. Under the reported agreement, the BLM would “halt its roundup of Bundy’s cattle and withdraw its employees from the Gold Butte area.”
As for the cattle that have already been rounded up, the BLM would move forward with the sale of those cattle but would reportedly share the revenue with Bundy. That part of the agreement seems very strange considering that Bundy contends that the BLM is stealing his cattle. Why would he allow his “stolen” cattle to be sold and then accept a share of the proceeds?
News 8 Now also reports that the tentative agreement was reached Friday night after Sheriff Gillespie went to the ranch to finalize the arrangement.
As we have been telling you, the situation in Nevada is increasingly tense as hundreds of supporters are pouring in to Clark County to support the Bundys. If there is a deal being reached, it is likely because the BLM recognizes that they have already lost this fight in the court of public opinion and are searching for an exit strategy.