The Fix How the Bundys won in Nevada and what the government needs to do differently in Oregon

By Amber Phillips |January 5, 2016

In his 34 years in government, Bob Abbey has seen a lot of drama out West. He ran the Bureau of Land Management, one of the agencies at the center of the armed occupation of a federal wildlife building in Oregon, for three years, and before that he ran the agency’s state operation in Nevada.

Abbey oversaw multiple cattle round-ups, though none as controversial as the one in April 2014 in which Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his family rallied armed anti-government activists to forcibly stop the government from taking their cattle after they had been illegally grazing on federal land for years.

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