The remote high desert of eastern Oregon became the latest flashpoint for anti-government sentiment as armed protesters occupied a national wildlife refuge in objection to a prison sentence for local ranchers convicted of burning federal land.
Federal officials flew into Oregon on Sunday to take control of the situation in Burns where around 20 armed militants seized control of a building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Sources tell KOIN 6 News federal officials are working with local deputies to try to bring an end to the situation. The FBI will reportedly be the lead agency in dealing with the armed militants.
Ammon Bundy — the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was involved in a 2014 standoff with the government over grazing rights — is among the people at the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
The group of armed militants says they’re not afraid to use force if the government tries to kick them off the property.