(Los Angeles Times) They're a dozen men and women riding horseback on a modern-day cross-country cattle drive, but with fistfuls of petitions instead of a herd of steers. Their wide-brimmed hats tipped low against the sun's glare, they're riding from Bodega Bay, Calif., to Washington.
They call themselves the "Grass March Cowboy Express" and they want the Bureau of Land Management to remove "an abusive federal employee" and "end BLM tyranny."
The group contends that Doug Furtado, manager of the bureau's Battle Mountain District, has unfairly blocked their legal right to graze their cattle on federal land in central Nevada.
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But environmentalists have lashed out at protesters as a selfish, entitled group with no business running private cattle on public lands, especially during years of prolonged drought.