From the OP"
"The fight involves a 600,000-acre area under BLM control called Gold Butte, near the Utah border. The vast and rugged land is the habitat of the protected desert tortoise, and the land has been off-limits for cattle since 1998. Five years before that, when grazing was legal, Bundy stopped paying federal fees for the right."
BLM land is public land. As a taxpayer I object to someone using the land for free for a commerical business. It is not Bundy's ranch/land. It is our land. I have no objection to ranchers paying to graze on public land when the grazing is managed. At times I feel the t&e act is unfair to historical usages of the land.
that said. I feel the feds need to not over react. The rancher also needs to not over react. Bundy needs to understand that BLM must follow the laws passed by Congress and the land is not his.