Range war: County Commissioners oppose BLM bringing Bundy cattle to Utah

ST. GEORGE – In an emergency meeting of the Washington County Commission Thursday afternoon, the commissioners passed a resolution urging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to not transport confiscated cattle through Washington County, and for the BLM to not sell cattle in Utah that have been confiscated in Nevada.

Trucks belonging to the Bureau of Land Management, a federal agency Cliven Bundy views as unconstitutional and flexing authority he refuses to recognize, at the First Amendment zone created in Bunkerville, Clark County, Nev., April 1, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Trucks belonging to the Bureau of Land Management, a federal agency Cliven Bundy views as unconstitutional and flexing authority he refuses to recognize, at the First Amendment zone created in Bunkerville, Clark County, Nev., April 1, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

The BLM is currently acting to confiscate cattle of Cliven Bundy in northeastern Nevada, cattle that the BLM maintains have been trespassing on government-owned public lands ever since Bundy stopped paying grazing permit fees 20 years ago. Bundy is resolved to disregard the authority of the BLM despite court orders of the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada. Read St. George News initial report on the range war here.

Among other things, the commission’s emergency resolution recites concerns over a large number of the Bundy cattle being feral and unbranded. Cattlemen in southern and central Utah may be harmed, it states, if the Bundy cattle are transported through Washington County, sold at auction in Utah and allowed to intermingle with healthy herds.

“Feral cattle do not receive proper immunizations or other veterinary care,” the resolution recites.

According to the resolution, the BLM has arranged for the cattle to be sold at auction in central Utah and Gov. Gary Herbert has taken the position that the confiscated cattle should be sold in Nevada.

The commission also urges citizens to remain peaceful and abide by the law in any protest activities they may engage in regarding this or any other issue.

There are numerous issues associated with the proposed plan to transport the cattle across state lines that the Washington County Commission does not feel have been adequately researched or addressed.

“There is a significant amount of public outcry over the confiscation and sale of cattle,” the resolution states, “and the County sees no need to transplant the issue from Nevada to Utah and unnecessarily involve Utah citizens and state employees.”



  • See the full text of the resolution here: Washington County Commission Resolution No. R-2014-1800
  • For more information please contact the Washington County Commissioners directly at the telephone numbers listed above or contact Washington County Public Information Officer Dean Cox at 435-467-3095.

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  • Combat Vet and Democrat April 4, 2014 at 10:47 am

    It seems like it would simpler and cheaper to just shot the cows and leave them for the coyotes.

    • Tom Allen April 10, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      The Bundy family was there long before the BLM even existed. The feds have no constitutional right to that land. Only for forts and post offices. The constitution is the law of the land, meant to keep the feds in a box, not the other way around. If the congress passed a law that the moon is made of green cheese, that does not make it true. The BLM has no police authority. Reguardless of the situation, armed feds cannot point guns at innocent people, and make threats. That is illegal. So, why doesn’t the sheriff kick them out of his county?

  • Raspy1 April 4, 2014 at 11:13 am

    That’s right let them deal with their problems. Also while you are spending 2 million plus dollars to “catch” the cattle please spend at least that much money dealing with the Wild Horse problems in West Iron County.

  • JAR April 4, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Some good thoughts. Could use the same logic down at the southern boarder. We could use the extra funds to purchase cell phones for EVERYBODY. Could we not?

  • Randy T April 5, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    ^Sounds like a bunch of Tea Party nonsense to me. It appears to me that Bundy got due process of law and was found to have repeatedly (over a 20 year period) and knowingly broken the law.

  • Tammy April 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    The only reason the BLM is saying that Bundy has NOT payed his lease is because they WOULD NOTaccept his money when he tried to pay his lease fee’s………….

  • Dave April 9, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Cliven Bundy is one of a long line of Western State ranchers who have been fighting the feds (BLM and USFS) for decades over their historically protected use of the public land and water for cattle grazing. Historically, many court cases have ruled in favor of the ranchers and laws have been enacted to protect their rights. The feds and their legal machine just ignore this fact. They are killing the ranches and the families that own them, one at a time, with their rules and unconstitutional tactics. States have sovereignty in this matter but are being intimidated by the fed’s hammer. The current crisis is just a repeat of the Nevada Wayne Hage battle that started in the 90’s, and was just adjudicated in 2013.

    See; http://nj.npri.org/nj98/04/hage.htm

    Déjà vu

    The BLM and Clark County have not acted ethically or honorably in regard to this ranch and rancher. Just reduce the permit and water use incrementally until the rancher has nothing left. He can scarcely afford to fight the Goliath.

    The Bundy case is not really that unique.

  • TARRELL April 12, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I was in Washington county’s purgatory facility and was housed in a dorm like setting with unvaccinated illegal aliens. At that time I considered this a threat to my health and safety. I wrote letters to my county commissioners and my congressmen stating the fact that this was dangerous and kids were not allowed to go to school unless they had proof of vaccination. There was never any response from anyone of theses elected officials this alone is treason.
    Now these same officials are telling us that the safety of the local cattle is to them a higher priority than the safety of the people of the county they say they are sworn to serve.
    I also want to add that I was in there on a fals warrent issued by judge James shumate. So remember this in November at the voting booth.
    All of these people are treasonious commie basterds and have no business holding public office.

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