The standoff between the last rancher of Clark County Nevada has finally come to an end as the federal government has recently announced they will be backing off. Although the battle is over, there are a few unresolved issues at hand that threaten both sides of the dispute.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) explained that, “in order to avoid violence and help restore order,” they were going to back down as tensions continued to rise in the area. They also relayed however that they weren’t going to just roll over as their legal team was still vigorously working to solve the matters at hand through the courts.
Released in a statement, the BLM conveyed, “After 20 years and multiple court orders to remove the trespass cattle, [rancher Cliven] Bundy owes the American taxpayers in excess of $1 million. The BLM will continue to work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially.” They further added, “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.”
Few issues remain unresolved however as the government had successfully removed over 400 of the 900 cattle on the government land. It seems to be a harsh trade off as the rancher, Cliven Bundy, demands to have his cattle back while the government wants the $1 million from back grazing fees.
The BLM’s statement further read, “Although tensions remain high, escalation of current events could have negative, long lasting consequences that can be avoided.” Trying their best to appear to have humbly backed down for the sake of American lives, the government remains adamant that they have a backbone.
(See also: BREAKING: Nevada Rancher Wins War With the Feds)
Of course, it all seems to come down to a numbers game here, and Bundy had the larger hand. If and when the government comes back, the circumstance may be different as they surely won’t make the same mistake twice when it comes to the quantity of their foot soldiers.
What do you think – did the government do the right thing? Is Bundy just a freeloader that got lucky, or is he right on this one? Let us know in a comment below.