Feds end roundup of Nevada rancher’s illegally grazing cattle
LAS VEGAS — Citing public safety concerns, U.S. officials put an early end Saturday to a weeklong roundup of a Nevada rancher’s illegally grazing cattle on federal land, which became an Old West-style controversy drawing armed militia groups to the cattleman’s side.
“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,” said Neil Kornze, director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
Kornze was just confirmed to the directorship this week by the U.S. Senate.
He said that contracted wranglers and U.S. rangers apparently made enough progress in rounding up cattle on federal lands outside Las Vegas that belonged to rancher Cliven Bundy, who is challenging federal authority in a valley that his family settled in the Wild West era of the 1800s.