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Nevada Rancher in Tense Standoff With Federal Government

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WZTV/FOX News--The federal government says it's their land, used to protect and habitat the endangered desert tortoise. Rancher Cliven Bundy says otherwise and he's prepared to take a standoff with the bureau of Land Management as far as he has to. 

The tense standoff all stems from Bundy's claim that he doesn't need to ask the government's permission to use land his ancestors tilled since the late 1800s, long before the forming of the federal Bureau of Land Management was ever formed. 

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The rancher's cattle graze the 150 square mile area of Gold Butte scrub land in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The federal government took control of the land in 1934 via the Taylor Grazing Act and declared it a natural habitat for the desert tortoise in 1993. The federal Bureau of Land Management says Bundy owes $1 million in grazing and trespass fees on protected land.

Bundy refutes the fees and notion of trespassing, telling FOX News the land belongs to the people of Clark County and he's raised cattle on the land his whole life. In 1998, the BLM revoked his grazing permit and last year an order to impound his cattle was issued. The BLM started impounding 134 cattle this past weekend and now the rancher says he's not leaving until the will of the American people is recognized. "I'll do whatever it takes to gain our liberties and freedoms back." 

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