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KLAS-TV: Nearly 2 Dozen Police, SWAT on Scene of S. Nevada Protest

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Nearly two dozen police officers and a SWAT unit are on I-15 just south of Mesquite, where hundreds of protesters have gathered along the freeway, causing major traffic delays, according to our CBS affiliate KLAS-TV.

The protesters have gathered in support of rancher Cliven Bundy, who has been locked in a legal battle over grazing rights with the federal government.

The BLM law enforcement officers are in Mesquite as they wait to leave the area. Police are there to help them do that safely, according to KLAS-TV.

It was announced Saturday morning that Sheriff Douglas Gillespie, Bundy and the BLM were able to reach an agreement over the cattle the BLM has already removed from the federal property. 

The BLM has offered to pay Bundy for the cattle, KLAS-TV sources say. The protesters say the cattle should be returned to Bundy.

Federal land managers abruptly ended a roundup of cattle on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has refused to recognize their authority, citing a "serious concern" for the safety of employees and the public.

Bureau of Land Management chief Neil Kornze made the announcement Saturday morning at the same time militia members and others gathered near the roundup site to protest the removal of hundreds of Cliven Bundy's cattle.

Some 400 cows were gathered during the roundup that began a week ago, short of the BLM's goal of 900 cows that it says were trespassing on public land.

Bundy didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Gov. Brian Sandoval, who had complained about the BLM's handling of the roundup, issued a statement praising the agency for its willingness to listen to the state's concerns.

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