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Before Cliven Bundy: The war between Nevada ranchers and the Mojave desert tortoise

By Jonathan Allen BUNKERVILLE Nevada (Reuters) – When the U.S. government declared the Mojave desert tortoise an endangered species in 1989, it effectively marked the cattle ranchers of Nevada’s Clark County for extinction. Rancher Cliven Bundy once had neighbors on the range: when the tortoise was listed, there were about…