Armed Oregon Seizure Has Nevada Critics Speaking Out

Jan 8, 2016

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge seized by an armed group is home to more than 300 bird species, including quail.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

After a week, there have been no arrests in the armed seizure of a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon being led by two sons of Cliven Bundy.

Bundy is the Bunkerville rancher who refused to pay $1 million in grazing fees last year and called on militia groups to confront land managers.

The occupation of Malheaur National Wildlife Refuge now has several critics across Nevada speaking out, including former U.S. Representative Steven Horsford who says the Bundys are domestic terrorists.

"The definition of terrorism is using force and intimidation for political purposes, and that's exactly what they did and  what they're doing now in Oregon," Horsford says.

Calls for a transfer of federal land to state control have garnered some support among lawmakers in Nevada, where 81 percent of the land is federally owned. Last year, the state senate passed a resolution to transfer 7.3 million acres, but the U.S. Secretary of the Interior rejected the idea.