Nevada rancher's son freed, BLM collecting cattle - 8 News NOW

Nevada rancher's son freed, BLM collecting cattle

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LAS VEGAS -- The son of a rural Nevada cattle rancher has been freed from federal custody, a day after his arrest by agents working to remove cattle from disputed grazing areas northeast of Las Vegas.

A U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman in Las Vegas said Monday that 37-year-old Dave Bundy is accused of refusing to disperse and resisting officers.

Bundy's mother, Carol Bundy, says U.S. Bureau of Land Management agents arrested her son Sunday in a parked car on State Route 170 near Bunkerville.

Pictures obtained by the 8 News NOW I-Team show where David Bundy had parked his car to take pictures of the cattle eviction.

Bundy says he was only exercising his First Amendment rights when federal officers told him to leave  the area and when he didn't, they grabbed him.

"Two officers surround me, third one in front of me. They jumped me and took me to the ground. You can see they scraped up my face," Bundy said.

Bundy's father, Cliven Bundy, says his cattle are entitled to graze in the Gold Butte area.

"They steal my cattle, and that is bad enough. But they make my son a political prisoner," Cliven Bundy said. 

This weekend wranglers, hired by the federal government, started  removing cattle owned by Bundy from a stretch of land near the Virgin River Gorge.

The bureau says agents have rounded up 134 cows that have been trespassing on a vast 1,200 square miles of arid rangeland northeast of Las Vegas and the Lake Mead National Recreation.

It is estimated there are about 900 head grazing that area so the roundup could take several weeks.

The Bureau of Land Management says Bundy has been grazing his livestock there illegally for years.

Bundy says it is a state's rights issue, and his family has the right to graze cattle there because they've been working the land for more than 100 years.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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