BURNS, Ore. – The latest on an armed group that took over federal buildings at an Oregon wildlife refuge (all times local):
Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward said at a community meeting that those involved in the takeover of a national wildlife refuge have no consideration for the wishes or needs of the people of Harney County.
He said if they did, they would work to bring this situation to a peaceful close. Instead, Ward says members of the armed group have been harassing law enforcement officers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife employees as they go about their business in the community.
Ward said law enforcement "will not be intimidated from doing their jobs." Federal, state and local law enforcement officials are monitoring the occupation but have not taken action.
The Oregonian reported that Ward told community members, "there's an hour glass and it's running out."
The leader of an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon says he and his followers are going through documents stored at the refuge to expose how the government has mistreated local ranchers who use federal land in the area.
The group's leader, Ammon Bundy, spoke with reporters Monday.
Bundy says his group is not accessing computers used by employees at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge outside Burns, but he said they do have access to government files and are looking through them.
Bundy and his followers seized buildings at the refuge Jan. 2.