ST. GEORGE – In an emergency meeting of the Washington County Commission Thursday afternoon, the commissioners passed a resolution urging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to not transport confiscated cattle through Washington County, and for the BLM to not sell cattle in Utah that have been confiscated in Nevada.
The BLM is currently acting to confiscate cattle of Cliven Bundy in northeastern Nevada, cattle that the BLM maintains have been trespassing on government-owned public lands ever since Bundy stopped paying grazing permit fees 20 years ago. Bundy is resolved to disregard the authority of the BLM despite court orders of the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada. Read St. George News initial report on the range war here.
Among other things, the commission’s emergency resolution recites concerns over a large number of the Bundy cattle being feral and unbranded. Cattlemen in southern and central Utah may be harmed, it states, if the Bundy cattle are transported through Washington County, sold at auction in Utah and allowed to intermingle with healthy herds.
“Feral cattle do not receive proper immunizations or other veterinary care,” the resolution recites.
According to the resolution, the BLM has arranged for the cattle to be sold at auction in central Utah and Gov. Gary Herbert has taken the position that the confiscated cattle should be sold in Nevada.
The commission also urges citizens to remain peaceful and abide by the law in any protest activities they may engage in regarding this or any other issue.
There are numerous issues associated with the proposed plan to transport the cattle across state lines that the Washington County Commission does not feel have been adequately researched or addressed.
“There is a significant amount of public outcry over the confiscation and sale of cattle,” the resolution states, “and the County sees no need to transplant the issue from Nevada to Utah and unnecessarily involve Utah citizens and state employees.”
- See the full text of the resolution here: Washington County Commission Resolution No. R-2014-1800
- For more information please contact the Washington County Commissioners directly at the telephone numbers listed above or contact Washington County Public Information Officer Dean Cox at 435-467-3095.
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