11:29 p.m. EDT April 12, 2014
Bundy says he has the right to graze his livestock on open range. But the government says the cattle are trespassing on the habitat of the endangered desert tortoise, which they control.
Some 400 cows were gathered during the roundup that began a week ago, short of the BLM's goal of 900.
This afternoon, demonstrators gathered at the area where personnel and cattle were located. Due to escalating tensions, the cattle have been released from the enclosures in order to avoid violence and help restore order.
Safety has always been our number one priority, and the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service appreciate the support of those who called for a peaceful conclusion to the operation.
"This is a matter of fairness and equity, and we remain disappointed that Cliven Bundy continues to not comply with the same laws that 16,000 public lands ranchers do every year," Kornze said in the statement. "After 20 years and multiple court orders to remove the trespass cattle, Mr. Bundy owes the American taxpayers in excess of $1 million. The BLM will continue to work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially."
In his statement, Kornze also said that the BLM "made progress in enforcing two recent court orders to remove the trespass cattle from public lands that belong to all Americans."
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval released a statement on Saturday saying that "given the circumstances, today's outcome is the best we could have hoped for."