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Embattled rancher thanks supporters, rounds up own cattle

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Rancher Cliven Bundy addresses his supporters on Friday, April 11. (FOX5) Rancher Cliven Bundy addresses his supporters on Friday, April 11. (FOX5)

As the battle in Bunkerville, NV, continues, rancher Cliven Bundy on Friday publicly thanked his supporters, who have come to the area northeast of Las Vegas from California, Utah and Montana.

Bundy and his family are at odds with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over grazing fees for public land the agency oversees. The BLM says Bundy owes about a million dollars, and they are rounding up his cattle.

Bundy claims his family has used the land for hundreds of years and he has rights to it.

Bundy's supporters have been restricted to a so-called First Amendment Zone along Highway 170, calling that violation of constitutional rights, they've called on state and local government as well as Las Vegas police for help.

The conflict goes back to 1993, when the BLM says Bundy quit paying fees for the use of land around his 160-acre farm.

The Bundy family on Friday told supporters they are now rounding up cattle themselves and taking them back to the family ranch.

"Why would we allow a central government to have that much power over us? I see one cow standing down there, watching the helicopter, and she says, "This is my home. Leave me alone,'" Bundy said, to cheers.

The fight gained national attention when video surfaced showing BLM rangers shoving protesters and using a stun gun on a member of the Bundy family on Wednesday afternoon.

"If I was the governor, you know what I'd say? I'd say get the hell out of here, federal government, you have no jurisdiction or power," Bundy said.

The BLM said people have a right to express their opinions but that needs to be done safely and without getting in the way of operations.

The Bundy family is planning another protest at 9 a.m. on Saturday along Highway 170.

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