MISSOULA, Mont. - In the wake of the arrest in Oregon of Cliven Bundy, a Nevada scofflaw and leader of a movement to seize public lands from the American people, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers President and CEO Land Tawney issued the following statement:
"The American people can take satisfaction in knowing that justice is being served to those who would steal or misappropriate our public lands and waters. Backcountry Hunters & Anglers thanks federal law enforcement personnel for arresting Mr. Bundy without incident. Cliven Bundy has given good ranchers a bad name through his illegal actions. He has consistently flouted the law and currently owes more than $1 million in federal grazing fees. He is a delinquent tenant on public lands who needs to be evicted.
"Now is the time to turn our attention to the Bundys' allies: the politicians, backroom funders and other radicals who would divest citizens of our public lands heritage and take what is rightfully ours. Sportsmen must take a strong stand on behalf of our American birthright."
BHA was born around an Oregon campfire in 2004. Photo by Flickr user Gage Skidmore.