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Retreat: Safety cited as reason for ending federal roundup of Nevada rancher’s cattle

- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 12, 2014

U.S. officials ceased the weeklong roundup of a Nevada rancher's illegally grazing cattle on federal land on Saturday due to concerns over public safety.

The dispute prompted militia groups to join the cattle farmer's side fighting off federal officials. 

I’m not “afraid to shoot,” one militia member told a local news station earlier in the week.

"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, CNN reported.

Mr. Kornze was just confirmed to the directorship this week by the U.S. Senate.

Mr. Kornze said that contracted cattle herders and U.S. rangers made enough progress in steering the cattle off federal lands outside Las Vegas.

Rancher Cliven Bundy is challenging federal authority over the land which he claims his family settled in the 1800s.

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