Feds abruptly end cattle roundup in Nevada

Feds abruptly end cattle roundup in Nevada

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MESQUITE, NV - APRIL 11: A sign sits at the beginning of a road that goes into thousands of acres of Bureau of Land Management land that has been temporarily closed to round-up illegal cattle that are grazing south of Mesquite Nevada on April 11, 2014 in Mesquite, Nevada. BLM officials are rounding up ranchers Cliven Bundy's cattle, who has been locked in a dispute with the BLM for a couple of decades over grazing rights.(Photo by George Frey/Getty Images

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by MARTIN GRIFFITH / The Associated Press

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Posted on April 12, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Federal land managers abruptly ended the roundup of cattle on public land in southern Nevada owned by a rancher who has refused to recognize their authority, citing a “serious concern” for the safety of employees and the public.

Bureau of Land Management chief Neil Kornze made the announcement Saturday morning.

The fight has widened into a debate about states’ rights and federal land-use policy. The agency revoked Cliven Bundy’s grazing rights after he stopped paying grazing fees and disregarded court orders to remove his animals.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the BLM will also release 100 of the seized cattle. The BLM did not immediately return calls to The Associated Press.

Also on Saturday, armed militia members and others gathered near the roundup site to protest the removal of hundreds of Bundy’s cattle. Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada issued a statement asking the crowd to leave.

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