Governor Herbert says what happens in Nevada stays in Nevada when addressing infamous cattle battle

By Glen Mills

Published 04/24 2014 04:01PM

Updated 04/24 2014 05:20PM

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Governor Gary Herbert is calling out the tactics being used in the infamous cattle battle playing out in our neighbor to the west.

He made the comments at his monthly news conference with the media today at KUED.

Here in Utah we have our own differences when it comes to managing public lands.

The governor is clear in saying Nevada Rancher, Cliven Bundy is in no way the face of the battle over land in our state.

As far as the governor is concerned, “what happens in Nevada stays in Nevada.”

"I understand the frustrations people feel, but anytime you've got Americans lined up on one side and other Americans on the other side with guns pointed at each other we've got a problem," said Herbert.

He and other state officials have concerns of their own when it comes to managing public lands in Utah.

"The state ought to have a larger say in what happens in our own back yard. We understand our ranges, we understand the fire problems," said Herbert.

The governor supports a proposal by Congressman Rob Bishop to optimize the use of public lands for farming, ranching, outdoor recreation, tourism and travel and natural resource development.

The governor believes the state can do better at managing wild horse populations and issuing permits for resource development.

The plan is taking a far different approach than taking up arms against the BLM.

"We have the governor and Rob Bishop who are trying to work with the federal government to have compromises with some of the things they view as more unworkable with federal lands," said Morgan Lyon Cotti with the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

She believes compromise is what's missing in the Bundy battle and it's setting his cause back.

"It takes away from the debate in which people are working on compromises and working on laws and make it focus on something that is really the very far extreme of that argument," said Lyon Cotti.

She questions whether Bundy's claim to ancestral grazing rights is even legitimate, but he's sticking to it and that has our state on alert.

"We will certainly keep our eye on what's going on there," said Governor Herbert.

Lt Governor, Spencer Cox lead a delegation of state officials to Nevada in the heat of the standoff to reinforce the governor's position with the BLM and make sure none of Bundy's cattle crossed the border into Utah.

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