Who knew the BLM had 200 armed agents? http://freebeacon.com/issues/last-man-standing/ Last Man Standing Rancher: armed feds are surrounding my farm Government vehicles and personnel outside of the Bundy ranch / Cliven and Carol Bundy BY: Elizabeth Harrington April 8, 2014 7:34 pm A two-decades-old battle between a Nevada rancher and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has resulted in officials armed with machine guns surrounding the ranch and forcibly removing the ownerâ€™s cattle, according to the rancherâ€™s family. Cliven Bundy, the last rancher in Clark County, Nev., has been fighting a â€œone-man range warâ€ since 1993, when he decided to take a stand against the agency, refusing to pay fees for the right to graze on a ranch run by his family for centuries. After years of court battles, the BLM secured a federal court order to have Bundyâ€™s â€œtrespass cattleâ€ forcibly removed with heavy artillery, the family said. â€œThe battleâ€™s been going on for 20 years,â€ Bundy told theWashington Free Beacon. â€œWhatâ€™s happened the last two weeks, the United States government, the bureaus are getting this army together and theyâ€™re going to get their job done and theyâ€™re going to prove two things. Theyâ€™re going to prove they can do it, and theyâ€™re gonna prove that they have unlimited power, and that they control the policing power over this public land. Thatâ€™s what theyâ€™re trying to prove.â€ Bundy said the government has brought everything but tanks and rocket launchers. Armed men outside the Bundy ranch / Cliven and Carol Bundy â€œTheyâ€™re carrying the same things a soldier would,â€ he said. â€œAutomatic weapons, sniper rifles, top communication, top surveillance equipment, lots of vehicles. Itâ€™s heavy soldier type equipment.â€ His wife, Carol Bundy, said that roughly 200 armed agents from the BLM and FBI are stationed around their land, located about 75 miles outside of Las Vegas. Helicopters circle the premises, and the airspace and nearby roads remain blocked. â€œWeâ€™re surrounded,â€ Carol Bundy said. â€œWeâ€™re estimating that there are over 200 armed BLM, FBI. Weâ€™ve got surveillance cameras at our house, theyâ€™re probably listening to me talk to you right now.â€ A National Park Service spokesman denied there were armed guards rounding up the cattle in a conference call on Tuesday. However, she confirmed that there was â€œsecurityâ€ in place, citing threats to the contractors who are removing the cattle. â€œContractors are here and they are in place to round-up the cattle and to bring them to the impound area,â€ Christie Vanover said. â€œAs for security, there [is] security in place, but that is merely to protect the contractors.â€ â€œAs you know, we have received threats and the contractors have received threats,â€ Vanover said. â€œOur personnel here and throughout the park service and throughout the BLM have received threats, as well. So security is in place to merely protect the contractors so that we can complete this operation.â€ As of Monday, officials have seized 234 of Bundyâ€™s 908 cattle. Impounding the cattle alone could cost the government as much as $3 million. â€œThey just brought a load down today,â€ she said. â€œThey kind of harass us as well. When we leave they follow us.â€ This afternoon eight helicopters surrounded the family after they began taking pictures, according to Bundyâ€™s daughter, Bailey. Their son, Dave Bundy, was arrested for taking pictures on state road 170, which has been closed, and is being held by BLM. Government helicopters circle the Bundy ranch / Cliven and Carol Bundy The BLM said they took Dave Bundy into custody following his â€œfailure to comply with multiple requests by BLM law enforcement to leave the temporary closure area on public lands.â€ Carol Bundy said five officials took Dave and â€œthrew him on the ground.â€ â€œOne put his knee on his head, the other put his boot on his head and pushed him into the gravel,â€ she said. â€œHeâ€™s got quite a bruised head. Just bruised him up pretty good.â€ Environmentalists are praising the governmentâ€™s forceful actions, which are being taken to protect the â€œdesert tortoise.â€ â€œWeâ€™re heartened and thankful that the agencies are finally living up to their stewardship duty,â€ said Rob Mrowka, a Nevada-based senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity. â€œThe Gold Butte area has been officially designated as critical habitat for threatened tortoisesâ€”meaning the area is essential to their long-term survival as a species.â€ â€œ[Cliven] Bundy has long falsely believed that Gold Butte is his ranch,â€ added Terri Robertson, president of Friends of Sloan Canyon. The BLM designated 186,909 acres of the Gold Butte off-limits for the â€œcritical desert tortoiseâ€ population in 1998. Bundy had already lost his grazing permit five years earlier for refusing to pay fees for the land, which his family has ranched since the 1870s. The â€œfederal grazing feeâ€ is $1.35 per â€œAnimal Unit Month,â€ or the amount of forage needed per animal, each month. Bundy said he owes roughly $300,000 in back fees, while the BLM asserts he owes over $1 million. The BLM defended the removal because Bundy did not â€œvoluntarilyâ€ give up his cattle.