Cliven Bundy talks to supporters April 11, 2014, about the gathering of his cattle by the Bureau of Land Management. (FOX5)
Cattle once seized by the BLM run toward the Bundy ranch after being released April 12, 2014. (FOX5)
BUNKERVILLE, NV (FOX5) -
The Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday that two cows died and four others were euthanized during the roundup at a Bunkerville ranch two weeks ago.
BLM said Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for more than a decade, but Bundy has maintained that his family was using the land long before the BLM arrived.
The showdown over the $1 million in fees came to a head two weeks ago, when BLM rangers began seizing Bundy's cattle that were grazing on federal land. Hundreds of protesters came to the ranch and decried the BLM's actions. After a week of heated exchanges, the BLM backed down, stopping the roundup and releasing the cattle it had seized.
Since the herding ended, reports of dead cattle, unearthed by Bundy's supporters, have surfaced. The protesters claimed that the animals were killed by the BLM during the roundup.
On Tuesday, a spokesman for the BLM acknowledged that six cows died during the herding.
The spokesman said two of the cows, that bore Bundy brands, were among those that were euthanized. He said one of the Bundy cows injured its spine when it ran into a fence panel, and the other was a bull that posed a significant threat to employees.
The BLM spokesman said of the remaining four cows, two of them were euthanized and two died.
The federal agency's director has said BLM will continue to work with the courts to recover the grazing fees that Bundy owes.
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