Activists Call to End Refuge Occupation

Conservation groups rallied in Portland and Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday, demanding that the leader of an armed group occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge needs to leave the federal property. The Portland protest, organized by Oregon Wild, Portland Audubon, and the Center for Biological Diversity, called on group leader Ammon Bundy to leave the federal building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns so that others could continue to enjoy the public lands. In Boise, a similar rally took place outside the Idaho Capitol with more than 100 people. Bundy and his group took over the refuge on Jan. 2, demanding that the federal government give up control of public land. Also on Tuesday, Bundy attended a community meeting, where he was met with jeering after Harney County Judge Steve Grasty told him it was “time for you to go home.”