The Long History Of BLM’s Aggressive Cattle Seizures

 

 

Range War History

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” Every month, Raymond Yowell, the 84-year-old former chief of the Shoshone Indian Tribe in northeastern Nevada, has almost $200 garnished from his $1,150 Social Security check, and it all dates back to a 5:00am phone call on a Friday morning in 2002.

  That morning, a government official from the Bureau of Land Management told him to come down to a seizure site where the 132 cattle he owned were about to be impounded.

  When he arrived, men brandishing handguns told him he couldn’t get any closer than 250 yards from his cattle. He watched from a distance as the government loaded the livestock onto stock trailers.

  Within a week, the cattle had been sold at a private auction – for what Yowell estimated to be a quarter of their market price. The proceeds belonged to BLM, officials told him, paying a portion of the grazing fees he suddenly owed. It wasn’t enough to cover the full debt, and BLM sent Yowell a bill for $180,000.

  Yowell has been fighting the BLM in court ever since, but while the case moves its way through the system, his Social Security check takes a hit every month.

  The story, ranchers in Nevada say, is far from unique. Beginning in the late 1980s, BLM adopted aggressive tactics in the West, leading to large-scale cattle seizures and a disruption of life for ranchers that had utilized public lands for decades prior.

  While the press has showered attention on Cliven Bundy, a polarizing man who prompted a tense standoff between Bundy’s well-armed militia supporters and federal police, the struggle between ranchers and the BLM is much broader.”

 

 

     For a more detailed history of BLM abuse of ranchers dating back to the late ’80’s read the whole thing at Breitbart . It tells a story of arrogance and abuse that you will not find in the mainstream propaganda that needs to be told in order to understand the significance of the Bundy siege and the Fed’s war on ranchers and western landowners in general .