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Cliven Bundy: More Problems On The Ranch

This week, one of the sons of activist rancher Cliven Bundy was arrested in Utah.

Ryan Bundy spent a night in jail in Cedar City, on charges that he resisted arrest when Iron County Sheriff’s deputies tried to serve him a warrant related to a 2014 incident. He was released without bail on Wednesday.

Cliven Bundy talked with KNPR's State of Nevada about his son's legal issues.

“They don’t seem to have any cause except harassment," Bundy said, when asked whether the charges stem from disputes with law enforcement.

Bundy said when his son went before the judge, the judge apologized and didn't charge with him with anything. 

Another one of Bundy’s sons, Cliven Lance Bundy, was arrested on parole violations related to 2013 felony burglary and weapon theft charges earlier this month. According the Bureau of Land Management, Cliven Lance Bundy was arrested on federal land after a ranger found him driving a commercial tour group vehicle at Jean Dry Lake.

The elder Bundy said that unfortunately his son is paying the price for mistakes he has made in the past. 

Cliven Bundy made headlines a year ago when he squared off against the Bureau of Land Management.

The BLM has repeatedly cited Bundy for illegally grazing his cattle on federal land near Bunkerville, 75 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Federal agencies say Bundy owes more than a $1 million in unpaid grazing fees.

“My cattle are still grazing, but they’re not grazing on federal land. They’re grazing on state of Nevada land. And the people Clark County land,” Bundy said.

He said there has been no legal or physical challenge from the BLM over the past year.


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