BUNKERVILLE (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- While there was no confrontation reported Friday, emotions continued at a high level as the Bureau of Land Management continued to round up Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle.
"This is an effort of peace to make this right," Aamon Bundy told supporters near the Bundy ranch along the Virgin River in northeast Clark County.
For a full seven days contract cowboys have been using two helicopters and horses to round up Bundy's estimated 900 cattle on 1,200 square miles in the Gold Butte area. He has allowed the cattle to graze on the land for 20 years since he stopped paying grazing fees. He argues that the land belongs to Clark County and the state of Nevada and not the federal government. The government won two court orders and Bundy was ordered to remove his cattle. He has not done so.
Two protesters from Utah were arrested by BLM Rangers on Thursday after they refused to move from a blocked road.
The crowd of supporters near the Bundy ranch has grown during the week. Some militia-type organizations have said their members from across the country are responding to the Bundy ranch to support the family. Some militia members have threatened to take action against the BLM, including the use of weapons and violence.
Last Sunday, 37-year-old David Bundy was arrested on State Route 170 near Bunkerville when he was using an iPad to film BLM activities. Federal officials kept him overnight in the Henderson Detention Center and then cited and released him about noon Monday.
State lawmakers in several states have expressed support for Bundy and have criticized the BLM and federal government for abuse of power. Some Arizona lawmakers spoke Thursday of an official resolution to support Bundy and to criticize the federal government, but the resolution was not acted on.
At the Clark County Fair that runs through Saturday in Logandale some 20 miles from the Bundy ranch, News 3 found many people support Bundy and a good number support the BLM. Most people agreed that both sides were to blame for the conflict.