During a hearing the Committee held last year and again today, we heard first-hand accounts of mistreatment at the hands of federal officials seeking to extort the witnesses into relinquishing their property rights,” said Representative Doug La Malfa (CA-01).“These firsthand accounts give the victims of abusive conduct by a federal land managing official a chance to tell their story to Congress.At the moment the Fish and Wildlife Service is considering critical habitat for the lesser prairie chicken, the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse, and two varieties of garter snakes.Expansion of the Mexican wolf habitat is expected as early as tomorrow. In my own case, the BLM has been buying up private lands near my family ranch within the boundaries of an Area of Critical Environmental Concern that they designated part of their Resource Management Plan. Last week, they released their 2014 report, which included 15 incidents involving BLM officers.Despite the Bundy fracas, it was the lowest number since 1996.
Sheriff James Perkins, Garfield County, UT, highlighted his perspective from 27 years of law enforcement and experience working with various federal law enforcement agencies.
BLM’s Chief of Law Enforcement has cost Garfield County real dollars…
We are befuddled how one individual can override a State Director and negatively impact an entire county with impunity.” A.
Many start off with a belligerent attitude, even a commanding presence.
They are especially offended if anyone opposes any Federal Government actions.