Family: Stun Gun Used on Rancher's Son in Cattle Roundup - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

Family: Stun Gun Used on Rancher's Son in Cattle Roundup

Posted: Updated:

Federal police used a stun gun on a son of a Nevada rancher fighting a roundup of cattle that he claims have historical grazing rights northeast of Las Vegas.
 
Family members told the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/1qvDREf ) that rancher Cliven Bundy's 57-year-old sister also was knocked to the ground during a Wednesday confrontation involving dozens of protesters and several U.S. Bureau of Land Management rangers.
 
No serious injuries were reported and officials said no arrests were made.
 
A hand-held video shows protesters and law enforcement officers holding yellow stun guns and leashed dogs yelling at each other as trucks involved in the roundup attempt to drive through on State Route 170.
 
The BLM has shut down a 1,200-square-mile area while contractors gather about 900 cattle that officials say are trespassing. Officials say Bundy is illegally running his cattle in a federally protected tortoise habitat and has not paid grazing fees since the early 90's, but the rancher says his family has been working the land for more than a century and accuses the BLM of stealing his cows.

Governor Brian Sandoval says his office has received a number of complaints over the issue, saying in a statement -- in part "no cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists...nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans."

Senator Dean Heller has told the newly appointed BLM chief that law-abiding Nevadans should not be penalized by an "overreaching" agency.

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)

On Thursday, April 10th, Governor Brian Sandoval released this statement:

Governor Brian Sandoval today issued the following statement regarding the Bureau of Land Management's roundup and reports of organized protests against it:

"Earlier this week, I advised the BLM not to limit or hinder the constitutional rights of Nevadans and be mindful of its conduct.  The ability to speak out against government actions is one of the freedoms we all cherish as Americans.  Today I am asking all individuals who are near the situation to act with restraint.  Although tensions remain high, escalation of current events could have negative, long lasting consequences that can be avoided."

  • Today's Top StoriesMore>>

  • Ahmed Sends Aces to Playoffs

    Ahmed Sends Aces to Playoffs

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:38 AM EDT2014-09-02 05:38:20 GMT
    Nick Ahmed delivered a two-out, run-scoring base hit in the top of the tenth inning to give the Aces a 2-1 win over the Sacramento River Cats, sending Reno to the Pacific Coast League Playoffs.More >>
    Nick Ahmed delivered a two-out, run-scoring base hit in the top of the tenth inning to give the Aces a 2-1 win over the Sacramento River Cats, sending Reno to the Pacific Coast League Playoffs.
    More >>
  • Desperado's BBQ Wins Best Ribs in the West

    Desperado's BBQ Wins Best Ribs in the West

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:47:37 GMT
    The winner of the 2014 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, Nevada went to Desperado's BBQ from Hinckley, Ohio.More >>
    The winner of the 2014 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, Nevada went to Desperado's BBQ from Hinckley, Ohio.More >>
  • Lawsuit Against Nevada Wildlife Commission

    Lawsuit Against Nevada Wildlife Commission

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:47 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:47:40 GMT
    Two men have sued Nevada wildlife commissioners, saying current trapping regulations are causing needless suffering for thousands of "non-target" animals including dogs, golden eagles and mountain lions.More >>
    Two men have sued Nevada wildlife commissioners, saying current trapping regulations are causing needless suffering for thousands of "non-target" animals including dogs, golden eagles and mountain lions.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.