The renegade rancher at the center of a states'-versus-federal rights fight has made his first appearance in custody before a U.S. judge in Las Vegas.

Cattleman Cliven Bundy stood beside a federal public defense attorney on Friday, but wasn't asked to enter pleas to the 16 charges against him including conspiracy, assault, obstruction and threatening a federal officer.

Bundy was returned in custody to Nevada from Oregon, where he'd been held following his arrest Feb. 10 as he arrived in Portland to visit two of his sons jailed during the occupation of a federal wildlife refuge.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Carl Hoffman expressed doubt that Bundy qualifies for a lawyer at public expense.

He gave the 69-year-old Bundy until next Thursday to hire a lawyer or file revised financial disclosure forms.