Tensions increase, ranchers protest as feds seize cattle

Tensions increase, ranchers protest as feds seize cattle

BUNKERVILLE, Nevada (CNN) -Ranchers in Bunkerville, Nevada are trying to stop federal agents from taking cattle off public land. Protesters are facing off with officers from the Bureau of Land Management and park rangers over the cattle dispute. Wednesday things turned violent.
BUNKERVILLE, Nevada (CNN) -Ranchers in Bunkerville, Nevada are trying to stop federal agents from taking cattle off public land. Protesters are facing off with officers from the Bureau of Land Management and park rangers over the cattle dispute. Wednesday things turned violent.

The Bundy family is willing to fight until the end, getting in front of cars, even getting tased.

This skirmish quickly turned into an angry mob and protesters were hurt.

Ammon Bundy says he was tased twice.

"And then they tased me again. They pulled it out again, probably because I didn't drop on the ground. I was convulsing, but not dropping,” said Ammon Bundy, protester.

He still has the marks on his neck and chest. One of the Bundy sisters says she was also injured after a ranger hit her with his car.

"I just felt a hard push and I went to the ground," said Margaret Bundy-Houston, protester.

The Bundys say the BLM is killing their cattle in the process of rounding them up.

"It's just one of the consequences of the allowing the federal government to come out here and access this land."

That's something the feds deny. But the community here is still worried, joining the family along the side of road, telling the BLM to get out.

"Whenever you spend $3 million to supposedly collect what they would say a million dollars in back fees, there's something basically wrong there."

Protester Jim Lordy came to the group packing a weapon a representative of operation mutual aid.

"We're here to make sure the citizens’ rights aren't violated."

While the Bundy’s don't feel guns are necessary. They are planning to be out here every day.

The BLM and park service released a statement saying quote "some peaceful protests have crossed into illegal activity" and that those actions have "jeopardized the safety of individuals" so law enforcement "responded properly."
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