Facts On The Oregon Ranchers

Protesters Demand Less Federal Intrusion

The problems go back to the 1970's “Sagebrush Rebellion” when states like Nevada demanded greater control over federal land.That effort, though muted, continues today.

Bundy stated he and other militants decided to take over the wildlife refuge property after efforts to push them out and deny their protest.

“This refuge right here is rightfully owned by the people,” he said. “[The Hammonds’] ranch is adjacent to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge… They have refused for nearly 40 years to sell their ranch and there have been very vindictive behaviors because they refused, and there have been intimidations and the list goes on.”

“We’re planning on staying here for years, absolutely,” Ammon Bundy said. “This is not a decision we’ve made at the last minute.”

Ammon’s brother, Ryan Bundy, told the Associated Press his group wants to “restore the rights to people so they can use the land and resources” for ranching, logging, mining and recreation.

When asked how long the group will stay, Ammon Bundy stated, “As long as is necessary.”

 Source: koin.com



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